Auguste Macke

Ackermans Fine Art

German (1887-1914)

German Expressionist Auguste Macke was raised in Cologne, Germany where he studied at the Kreuzgymnasium and later at the Realgymnasium when his family moved to Bonn, Germany.  It was his father, who was also an amateur artist, that lead Macke to enroll at the art academy Kunstakademie Düsseldorf in Düsseldorf, Germany.  There he studied under Fritz Helmut Ehmke and Adolf Maennchen. While attending school he met and married Elisabeth Gerhardt who supported him both financially and spiritually.  She came from an affluent background and they were deeply in love.  Her family paid for them to travel in order for Macke to pursue his career in art.

Auguste MackeFollowing the turn of the century Auguste Macke traveled to Paris, Berlin, the Netherlands and to Italy.  Like many young European artists, he had been initially impacted by Impressionism and Fauvism, but while traveling to Paris in 1912 Macke met fellow artist Robert Delaunay and it changed his form of artistic expression.

He traveled with his friends Paul Klee and Louis Moilliet two years later to Tunisia and they experimented with Luminism.  It was during that period between 1911 and 1914 that Auguste Macke produced his most renowned masterpieces.  He was also a heavy promoter of modern art. He participated in both “International Sonderbund Exhibition” in Cologne in 1912 and the “First German Autumn Salon” in Berlin in 1913.

In his lifetime Auguste Macke produced nearly 9,000 drawings and 600 paintings.  His life was cut short when he passed away in Champagne, France at the age of 27, one month into the onset of World War I.  In 1991, the August-Macke-Haus, a museum dedicated to the artist, was established at the home he resided in from 1911 to 1914 in Bonn, Germany.