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Emil Schumacher was a German painter. Noted for his championing of German Abstract Expressionism in post-World War II Germany, he created large-scale canvases characterized by large areas of bold primary color intersected by thick, messy black lines. Comparable to colorful version of Franz Kline’s iconic abstractions, Schumacher strove to denote a sense of pictorial representation within an abstract space. His life and career was long and prolific, with participation among prominent exhibitions such as the 1953 Venice Biennale, the 1963 São Paulo Art Biennial, and documenta III in 1963 Germany. Born on August 29, 1912 in Hagen, Germany, Schumacher went to study at the School of the Arts in Dortmund from 1932 to 1935. He received a 1987 Order of Merit of North Rhine-Westphalia, and in 1998, the German government commissioned him for a mural in the renovated Reichstag building in Berlin. The Emil Schumacher Museum dedicated to his life and work was opened in the Kunstquartier complex of Hagen, Germany in 2009. The artist died on October 4, 1999 in San José, Spain at the age of 87.
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