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Hermann Scherer

In the 1920s Ernst Ludwig Kirchner, who lived in Davos from 1917 up until his death in 1938, inspired a group of young Basel artists to further develop there own expressive style. Along with the painter Albert Müller, the sculptor Hermann Scherer proved to be particularly talented; although few in number, his colourfully painted wooden figures are among the most significant carvings of the Expressionist period. The Lamentation of the Dead (Totenklage), in which he fuses his own experience with art-historical memories, may be considered his main work. Here Grünewalds Mary Magdalen at the Feet of the Crucified Jesus and the Pietà of Mary with the Dead Christ are united into a modern work of devotion.

Hermann Scherer (1893–1927)
Totenklage, 1925/25
Limewood, painted, 166 x 52 x 46 cm
Vereinigung Zürcher Kunstfreunde 1997
Hermann Scherer (1893–1927)
Totenklage, 1925/25
Limewood, painted, 166 x 52 x 46 cm
Vereinigung Zürcher Kunstfreunde 1997