Alfred Partikel. A painter, born in East Prussia…  His name as well as his art is not really known in Germany. Needless to say that his name and art means nothing to people in Kaliningrad (former Königsberg) where he created and taught at the Königsberg academy of arts…

Alfred Partikel
Alfred Partikel

Alfred Partikel was born on October 7th, 1888 in Goldap, East Prussia. Today this small town belongs to Poland, located on the Russia-Poland border. Alfred’s school years were spent in Insterburg (today Tchernyakhovsk). Then studied at the academy of arts in Königsberg and after that he moved to Munich and then to Weimar to study at the Weimar school of arts.

During the World War I Partikel served in the German Army, and after the war he moved to Ahrenshoop, a small fishing village at the Baltic Sea.

Later in his life he became a Professor for landscape painting at the Königsberg academy of arts.

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Alfred Partikel, 1921

His art was classified as “Degenerate art”, a term adopted by the Nazi regime in Germany to describe basically all modern art.

Alfred Partikel with his students, 1930
Alfred Partikel with his students, 1930

Before the Russian Army took over Königsberg in April 1945 Alfred Partikel was visiting the city in February. He had to flee by bicycle from Königsberg to Ahrenshoop. Eight months later he went to pick mushrooms in the woods near Ahrenshoop… and disappeared. He was never seen or found after that day.

 

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Winter In Ahrenshoop – Alfred Partikel, 1923. Oil on wood panel
Landscape of Ahrenshoop – Alfred Partikel, 1940. Oil, 36x47.5cm (14"x19")
Landscape of Ahrenshoop – Alfred Partikel, 1940. Oil, 36×47.5cm (14″x19″)
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Ahrenshoop – Alfred Partikel, 1940. Charcoal on paper, 40x50cm (15″x20″)
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Shepherds’ Songs – A graphics series by Alfred Partikel
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Landscape of Mecklenburg – Alfred Partikel. Oil on cardboard, 24×30 cm (9″x14″)
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Sunflowers – Alfred Partikel
Female nude from behind – Alfred Partikel. Watercolor and pencil on thin cardboard, 23x31 cm (9"x12")
Female nude from behind – Alfred Partikel. Watercolor and pencil on thin cardboard, 23×31 cm (9″x12″)
The Balcony – Alfred Partikel, 1920. Oil on panel, 25x32 cm (10"x12.5")
The Balcony – Alfred Partikel, 1920. Oil on panel, 25×32 cm (10″x12.5″)
Landscape with farmhouses – Alfred Partikel. Oil on panel, 25x35 cm (10"x14")
Landscape with farmhouses – Alfred Partikel. Oil on panel, 25×35 cm (10″x14″)
Waterside scenery with fishing huts and boats (Pomerania) – Alfred Partikel, 1934. Oil on cardboard, 45x60 cm (18"x24")
Waterside scenery with fishing huts and boats (Pomerania) – Alfred Partikel, 1934. Oil on cardboard, 45×60 cm (18″x24″)

 

 

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