Thomas Schütte

Thomas Schütte

Born in:





Oldenburg, Germany

Based in:

Düsseldorf, Germany


Since the late 1970s—when he studied with renowned German artist Gerhard Richter—Thomas Schütte has been subverting traditional art historical genres through his eclectic output of sculptures, prints, installations, drawings, watercolors, and photographs. Schütte makes familiar forms of expression, like memorial portraiture and figurative sculpture, strange through evocative, often disturbing alterations, such as in his treatment of the female nude in his “Bronzefrauen” series (Bronze Women, 1999-ongoing) where figurative shapes morph into abstract or mutant forms, or his “Alte Freunde” series, in which the subjects’ despondent expressions highlight the vulnerability of the individual against the cruelty and complexity of the vast world. Through his work he explores the human condition, offering a critical perspective on social, cultural, and political issues and visually eloquent commentary on memory, loss, and the difficulty of memorializing the past.

Cherry, 1980

Gouache and felt-tip pen on firm wove paper

33.5 x 25.5 cm

Untitled, 1954

watercolour and pencil on paper

32 x 25 cm

Untitled, 1954

watercolour and pencil on paper

32 x 25 cm.

Tauschend , Samstag , 1989

Watercolor and pencil on paper

50 x 65 cm

Untitled, 1990

Aquarel and pencil on paper

50 x 65 cm