Natural motifs already melt into abstract forms in his works beginning with 1918-1919, when the artist joined “Der Sturm” group. Natural forms of landscapes essentialize from one work to another towards an ever more abstract version in the search of the harmony of nature, the harmony with nature, and its divine rhythm. The painting Composition XX (Flowers of the Soul) belongs to the musical expressionist cycle. The message of this work is considered to be connected with the artist’s hope to love and be loved again after the tragic loss of his first wife. A space and time for miracles is created through rhythms and incantatory repetitions. The work took part in the Retrospective exhibition organized at the Hungarian National Gallery in Budapest and at the House of Arts (Haus der Kunst) in Munich in 2002 and 2003. ©Iulia Mesea, Galeria de Artă Românească.Ghid, Sibiu 2011.


  • Title: Composition XX
  • Date: 1919 - 1920
  • artist: Hans Mattis-Teutsch
  • Physical Dimensions: w90 x h120 cm (without frame)
  • Collecting: Brukenthal National Museum, Sibiu, Romania
  • Artist Biography: Artistic value, originality, European essence of the theoretical and creative approach as well as the perfect synchronisation with the artistic movement of the time are traits that place Hans Mattis-Teutsch in the proximity of the most important promoters of the European Avant-garde. Active member of the Avant-garde groups in Hungary, Germany and Romania, Mattis-Teutsch is claimed by all three cultures. Attending the Academy of Fine Arts in Munich between 1902 and 1905, his thoughts and ideas were not limited by academic rigour as the ‘Zeitgeist’ of the time and the contact with the most courageous experiments of the time really influenced him. The profile of his creation is the result of the complex experiment he underwent at the confluence of Hungarian ‘activism’, with the ‘Balue Reiter’ movement in Munich, “Der Sturm” in Berlin and the Romanian Avant-garde. His stylistic itinerary evolved from Jugendstil forms towards a musical expressionism and then to abstract painting, using an original artistic vocabulary and aiming to a universal artistic ideal. ©Iulia Mesea, Galeria de Artă Românească.Ghid, Sibiu 2011.
  • Provenance: Brukenthal National Museum
  • Type: Painting
  • Medium: oil on canvas

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