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ADOLF DIETRICH IN SEINER ZEIT UND DARUBERHINHAUS/IN HIS TIME AND BEYOND. Katja Herlach. Kunstmuseum Olten, 2015. Published by Verlag Scheidegger & Spiess, Zurich. Distributed in the U.S.A. by University of Chicago Press. 208 pp. with 286 ills. (263 col.). 26 x 21 cm. ISBN 9783858814678 Bilingual in English and German.
Publisher's description: One of seven children from a poor Swiss farming family, Adolf Dietrich (1877-1957) supplemented arduous farm work and jobs as a woodcutter and railway worker with a robust artistic practice. Although he was self-taught and never left the family home, he nevertheless rose to prominence as an important figure in the history of naive and outsider art and post-expressionist New Objectivity. This richly illustrated book offers an accessible introduction to Dietrich's astonishing body of work. Although he achieved some early recognition in Germany and his native Switzerland, his major breakthrough into the international art scene came in the late 1930s, when a traveling exhibition celebrated his paintings as prime examples of twentieth-century naive art. This characterization of his rural landscapes, still lifes, and portraits of animals and people continues to be disputed by many since his style cuts a path between naive art and the post-expressionist movement of New Objectivity. Produced in collaboration with the Kunstmuseum Olten, Switzerland, this book reproduces many of Dietrich's paintings for the first time in more than fifty years alongside works by his contemporaries, including Cuno Amiet, Otto Dix, Giovanni Giacometti, Ferdinand Hodler, Henri Rousseau, and Felix Valloton.
Artist(s):Dietrich, Adolf
Indexing: Western, Europe — Switzerland — 1900-1945, Post-1945 — Painting
Plans: 71,02,03
Worldwide Number: 037064
Paperbound $65.00    

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