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Horst Antes



Antes Horst

(b Heppenheim an der Bergstrasse, nr Bensheim, 28 Oct 1936). German painter, sculptor and printmaker. He studied from 1957 to 1959 at the Staatliche Akademie für Bildende Künste in Karlsruhe, where he was taught by the figurative painter H. A. P. Grieshaber (b 1909). His early work, in which he favoured structures created from violently flung colour, was influenced by Art Informel and by Abstract Expressionism, particularly by the work of Willem de Kooning. Around 1960 he began to form such brushstrokes into a figure with firm contours that he referred to as the Kopffüssler because it consisted of only head and limbs with no torso; this image, which he used throughout his later work as a sign for the human form, was inspired in part by the Kachina dolls of the North American Pueblo Indians. Antes felt a spiritual bond with the Pueblo Indians and accepted the psychological interpretations made of his paintings; he was interested in particular in the visit made to the Pueblo Indians in New Mexico in the 1920s by the psychoanalysts Carl Gustav Jung and Hans Prinzhorn, and by the affinities that they outlined in Pueblo culture, in the subconscious and in aspects of Surrealism.


Figur mit zwei Brennweiten



Interieur mit Stillleben



Grobes blaues Bild



Doppelfigur hintereinander



Mann mit rotem Helm



Figur Schwarz-weiss






Blue Figure



Figure in a Box



Bekleidete Figur



Figur in Blau



12 Figuren






Ocker-Figur mit Wunde



Sculpture by Horst Antes at documenta 4 in Kassel



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