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On exhibition now at the Germanic Museum is a group of oils by the German expressionist Paul Kleinschmidt and several water colors and drawings of animals by Dodo Borchardt-Sattler. The exhibit will run through March 30.
Although not one of the best known modern Germans, Kleinschmidt will be familiar to those who have seen his exhibition of German art in the Museum of Modern Art in New York. Born in Pomerania in 1883, Paul Kleinschmidt has studied in Munich and Berlin. His great interest in Van Gogh took him to Southern France where he painted many scenes that his predecessor had done. The paintings of the "Sunflower" and the "Arles Bridge," in the exhibition show this admiration for Van Gogh.
For Americans, his pictures of New York are especially attractive. "Brooklyn Bridge" and "Central Park", are painted in an intense, restless manner. Like most of the German painters, Kleinschmidt is subjective and emotional in his approach to nature.
Besides Kleinschmidt's oils, there are on exhibition Dodo Borchardt- Sattler's water colors and drawings. This painter is the wife of the famous geographer and explorer, Paul Borchardt. Close first-hand observation of animals in Africa has enabled her to draw absolutely true-to-life pictures. All here works are brilliantly colored, but she is somewhat under the pessimism and hatred of mankind that affected the German artists of the early part of the century. This does not prevent her, however, from composing often with a lightness of touch and humorous approach which make her drawings very pleasing.
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