Ludwig Meidner ( Bernstadt an der Weide 1884 - Darmstadt 1966 )
Zwei Ekstatiker in Apokalytischer Landschaft, 1921
Black chalk on paper
660 x 510 mm
Monogram and dated LM 1921 and with text Für W.K
The work of Ludwig Meidner stands under the sign of the Apocalypse. In the background plays his Jewish origins and his interest in Christendom. More important still is his critical stance against war and total alienation, seen by him as modern capitalism’s principal products. From 1911 Meidner is part of the Berlin avant-garde, and actively involved with literary and artistic expressionism. With like-minded artists, in 1912 he founds the group Die Pathetiker, refering to the vitalist notion of ‘pathos’ as developed by Nietzsche in his writings. He makes fierce portraits and many landscapes – urban or rural, usually during or after a large-scale catastrophy. He paints social crises and conflicts like volcanic eruptions, in an expressionist visual language that is influenced by futurism and contains echoes of the baroque. After the November 1918 Revolution he enlists in the artists-groups Arbeitsrat für Kunst and the Novembergruppe. It seems not too far-fetched to see a memory of the revolution’s defeat in this picture of calamity, as well as a foreboding of the Fascist nightmare to come. Even with the courage of despair, the figures can no longer escape the menace encroaching from all sides.
Galerie Elke and Werner Zimer, Düsseldorf
Private collection, Hesen
Liège, Station Guillemins, J’avais 20 ans en ’14, 2014
Knokke, Galerie Ronny Van de Velde, Raw War, 2016
Malines, Kazerne Dossin, The Art of War, 2017
Jan Ceuleers, Raw War, Knokke, galerie Ronny Van de Velde, 2016, pp.116-117
Andreas Niehaus and others, The Art of War, Davidsfonds uitgeverij, Louvain,
2017, p. 174 and p. 89 ill.

Zwei Ekstatiker in Apokalytischer Landschaft, 1921