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Theo Champion artwork • painting • previously for sale At the fairground

Theo Champion

At the fairground
oil on canvas laid down on board 44.6 x 58.3 cm, signed l.l. and dated 1909

This painting was previously for sale.

Provenance: Kunsthandlung Goyert, Keulen, Duitsland; part. bezit Duitsland.

The talented German painter Theo Champion left behind a surprising and varied oeuvre. During his studies at the Kunstschule in Weimar he chose neo-impressionism. He portrayed his subjects in powerful, short brushstrokes and bright colors, often working 'en plein air'. The story goes that he also unexpectedly depicted animals or figures entering the field of view. Around 1920 he joined the realism of the Neue Sachlichkeit with refined, small-sized paintings. Finally, in the 1930s, as founder of 'Die Sieben', he opted for a style that he refers to as the 'Neue Romantik', with the work of Caspar David Friedrich as the greatest source of inspiration.

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