Bernhard Hoetger

04.05.1874 Hörde 18.07.1949 Beatenberg Bildhauer, Architekt, Maler, Grafiker, Entwerfer für angewandte Kunst

From 1898 on, Bernhard Hoetger studied architecture and sculpture at the Kunstakademie (“academy of arts”) in Dusseldorf. Hoetger moved to Paris in 1900 and met August Rodin, who had a major influence on his work. During this period, he crafted a series of bronze sculptures, some of which were inspired by Art Nouveau. In 1904 he became acquainted with the sculptor Aristide Maillol, whose works led Hoetger away from a dynamic surface design to an austere, closed form. In 1911 he was appointed to the Darmstadt Artists’ Colony. During his time in Darmstadt, Hoetger was able to create a diverse sculpture ensemble in the Plane Tree Grove on the occasion of the last exhibition of the Artists’ Colony in 1914. From the sculptor’s compositional masterpiece “Licht- und Schattenseiten (“Light and Shadow”), which consists of 15 allegorical figures made of majolica, four monumental figures can be found on the Mathildenhöhe today.