Journal article

German artists in the South Seas

A Carroll

Art Monthly Australia | Art Monthly Australia Ltd | Published : 2017


A few years ago I got together with a group of Australian and German curators to talk about the possibility of mounting an exhibition of the art of six German artists who had come to the ‘South Seas’ and made some exceptional imagery.1 Three of the artists – Ludwig Becker, William Blandowski and Eugene von Guérard – travelled to Australia in the 1850s, and the other three – Emil Nolde, Max Pechstein and Walter Spies – sailed in the first three decades of the twentieth century to, respectively, German New Guinea, Palau (the tiny island country halfway between New Guinea and the Philippines) and Bali.

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