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Norbert Schwontkowski (1949–2013) is still an artist for connoisseurs, his paintings elegantly reserved and highly poetic. Away from any specific movement, the Bremen painter cultivated a figurative art of quiet tones that offers deep insights into the absurdity of existence. This naturally depends on a fine sense of humour that shines its conciliatory light on seemingly isolated scenes and sceneries. For Schwontkowski’s world is expansive, even in his smallest formats. The paintings from the Böckmann Collection show the painter as a gifted colourist who celebrates the nuances of even the dirtiest and gloomiest shades.
Made possible by permanent loans from the Böckmann Collection.