(b Hamburg, 17 July 1883; d W. Berlin, 11 Dec 1973). German painter.
He studied in Hamburg under the German painter Arthur Siebelist
(1870–1946) in 1900. In 1907 he went to Paris, where he sought
contact with French modernism and its protagonists in the Café du
Dôme and as a student at the Académie Matisse. His works completed
before World War I reflect the colour of Matisse and the fragmented
planes of Cézanne (e.g. Girl in Kimono, oil, 1910; priv. col., see
exh. cat., pl. 5). In the inter-war years his depictions of
landscapes, portraits and still-lifes are characterized by the
harmony of the abstract rhythm of their planes and forms and by the
use of silhouettes indebted to Cubism (e.g. From Old Letters, 1933;
priv. col., see exh. cat., pl. 10). From 1928 until his dismissal by
the Nazis in 1933 Ahlers-Hestermann taught at art colleges in
Hamburg and Cologne. From 1946 to 1949 he was head of the
Landeskunstschule in Hamburg.
Junglinge im Gartenpavillon
Die weibe Brucke
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