From the Makassar Gallery inventory:
Heinz May, oil on canvas,
“Female Nude with Towel”,
65,5x55cm (25-7/8 x 21-3/4 in.),
Signed and dated 1948
Provenance from the Heinz May Exhibition, Galerie Remmert und Barth
Düsseldorf, Germany, December 1st, 1984
Heinz May (1878 – Dusseldorf – 1954 Spain).
He studied in Düsseldorf, Italy, Paris, Austria, Holland and Spain. Co-founder of the “Rhine-Secession”.
He was consistent representative of expressionist modernist, upon the shapes and color of his work.
One hundred paintings and several hundred watercolors victims of incendiary bombs in the great bombing raid on Düsseldorf 1943. An artistic life’s work was destroyed.
So today may be pre-war work are only based on a few images that are mainly privately owned, guessed. From 1943 produced a late work, which impressed in his intensity and freshness, its expression and in its relation to the early work of surprising continuity. The resulting after a trip to Spain in 1953 60 watercolors, as expressive of intensity as sensitivity, the culmination of his late work.
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