CHRISTIAN ARNOLD (German, 1889-1960)
“Genesender Junge” (Recovering boy), 1921
61cm X 47cm. Aquarelle on paper.
The “Recovering boy” is the artist”s first approach to the “new realism” movement in the 1920ies and is a very intimate and personal work of
Please compare to the woodcut “Reading Woman, 1926” in section: “Graphics and Prints”.
Christian Arnold was born in 1889 in Fuerth. During WWI he served as soldier and was injured.
As painter he worked as technical designer and autodidactic as artist from 1917 on. Arnold joined the “Künstlerbund Bremen” and
the „Vereinigung für junge Kunst” During the Nazi regime he was expelled from the “Künstlerbund Bremen” and received an exhibition ban.
He remained in inner emigration. He was arrested twice through the Gestapo for refusing the Hitler salute and for anti-nationalist statements- which was considered high treason. About 1/3 of his oeuvre was destroyed in an 1944 bombing.
After the war he continued to work as painter but suffered from severe health problems.
Arnold died in 1960 in Bremen.
Source: Jessewitch, Rolf and Schneider, Gerhard (Hrsg.): Entdeckte Moderne, Boenen/Westfalen, 2008.