WILLI ROBERT HUTH
Willi Robert Huth (1890-1970)
„Ernest Stahl- Nachbauer und Marité Matthis“, 1921, ink on paper.
Huth was artistically very close to the expressionist works of Kirchner and Schmidt-Rottluff.
After the Press mocked this obvious relation, he resigned from the active artscene to find his own style. The drawing above
is one of his earliest attempts to overcome expressionism.
was a UFA Moviestar in the 30ies and 40ies (z.B. „M- eine Stadt
sucht einen Mörder“ („M- a city searches a murderer“).
Willi Robert Huth was born in 1890 in Erfurt. He started his studies at the school of applied arts and crafts in Erfurt and Duesseldorf. 1915-1918 he served as soldier and was held in British imprisonment where he met the artist Thomas Ring (see works of him in the section „Abstraction“). In 1919 he started out as independent painter
in Berlin and became friend with Karl Schmidt-Rottluff, Erich Heckel, H.M. Pechstein and George Grosz. He married the painter and designer Martel Schwichtenberg in the same year. He joined the expressionist group „Jung Erfurt“ in 1919 (see works of the other members Willy Kirch and Alfred Hanf in the section „Figure“ and „Landscape“) . Together with Hermann Sandkuhl, Huth was founding member of the 1921 „Juryfreie Kunstausstellung“ (jury free exhibition). For the „Kestner Society“ Hannover, he designed 6 lithographs for the annual Kestner portfolio.
Other artists of this famous print series were Karl Schmidt-Rottluff, Max Kaus, Martel Schwichtenberg, László Moholy-Nagy and El Lissitky. Together with Lyonell Feininger, Paul Klee, Erich Heckel, Otto Mueller, Heinrich Nauen Emil Nolde, H.M. Pechstein Christian Rohlfs and Karl Schmidt-Rottluff he was featured at the „1. deutsche Expressionistenschau“ (First German Expressionists exhibition) at „The Andersen Art Galleries“, New York in 1923. He travelled to Italy, Spain, Austria, Switzerland and Paris and devloped his new, non-expressionist style.
With the beginning of the Nazi regime Huth was suppressed as artist. Later on he even received an exhibition ban. Three of his works were confiscated during the „degenerate art movement“. In 1944 Huth was recruited as border patrol and was captured by Russian troops. While away, his studio in Berlin was bombed and all of his works were destroyed.
After the war he became an art teacher and later on Professor at the academy of applied art in Berlin. Huth died in 1977 in Amrum.