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HORST ANTES

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Born in Heppenheim an der Bergstrasse, near Bensheim, on 28 Oct 1936. The German painter, sculptor and printmaker, studied from 1957 to 1959 at the Staatliche Akademie fur Bildende Kunste in Karlsruhe, where he was taught by the figurative painter H. A. P. Grieshaber. 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 Kopffussler 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.

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