Oskar Moll (1875-1947)

This website offers an overview of the life and work of the German painter and graphic artist Oskar Moll, whose œuvre was devoted primarily to still life and landscape. His work combined elements of French Impressionism, Fauvism and Cubism into a characteristic abstract formal vocabulary of intense colour.

He soon became established in the Berlin art scene, and his work was shown in prominent galleries such as Cassirer, Gurlitt, Möller, Goltz and Thannhauser. In January 1926, to mark his 50th birthday shortly before, a major exhibition was held in the Kronprinzpalais in Berlin. That year, which also saw his appointment as director of the Breslau Art Academy, was the zenith of his meteoric career. >> introduction

This Silesian artist lived on the border between Eastern and Western Europe. He specialised in landscapes and still lifes, and exerted a decisive influence within a subsidiary chapter of the history of the Classical Modern movement. In order to do justice to this influence, Moll's work has to be rediscovered and documented with a critical catalogue raisonné. >> catalogue

"In our theories of analytical and synthetic composition, in the mastery of the world of forms and colours, with its widely diverse contrasting effects, Nature, the great teacher, will always be there for us so that, in the light of her eternal rhythm and through contrast and balance, we can achieve harmony"  (Oskar Moll, 1930).