Carlo Mense

Katzen (Cagnes sur mer)

3,900€  *
* Total price includes shipping, taxes, and resale right (if applicable).


  • Oil on hard fiber

  • Around 1960

  • 65 x 48,5 cm

  • Wir danken Klara Drenker-Nagels, Bonn, für freundliche ergänzende Auskünfte, nicht mehr bei Drenker-Nagels.

  • Sammlung Dr. Fuchs, Bad Honnef; Privatbesitz Rheinland

  • Signed on the lower right ’C Mense‘

  • Good condition, some surface dirt and cracking of the colour


One of the most important figures of German expressionism, Carlo Mense, was born in 1886 in Rheine and died in 1965 in Königswinter. Throughout the years of his artistic activity, educating himself and working in several cities, Mense greatly contributed to movements such as the Cologne Secession, New Objectivity, Magic Realism and the Young Rhineland, both as a painter and exhibition organizer. Mense started his studies at the Academy of Arts in Düsseldorf (1906-8), which he continued at the Academy of Fine Arts in Berlin (1909-12) and the School of Art in Weimar (1909-10); later he was appointed professor at the Academy of Arts and Crafts in Wrocław (1925-32). In the 30s, Mense was appreciated as a teacher and artist, just to mention the esteemed Villa Massimo prize (1933). However, his art was banned by the Third Reich regime, as a result, his works defined as "degenerate" were included in "Entartete Kunst" exhibition in 1937. The art of Carlo Mense is still a subject to a number of exhibitions, most recently displayed at the Kunstmuseum in Bonn (2013), Ludwig Museum in Cologne (2012), Jewish Museum (2004) and the Brücke Museum in Berlin (2002), among many others.


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