max peiffer watenphul. dal bauhaus all'italia - vom bauhaus nach italien


Catalogue of the homonymous exhibition in Italian and German

Edited by Gregor H. Lersch, Frédéric Bußmann, Anja Richter

117 pages with illustrations

Electa 2023


The Museum Casa di Goethe is dedicating a retrospective exhibition to an exceptional modernist artist: Max Peiffer Watenphul (Weferlingen, 1896 – Rome, 1976). Restless, independent and eclectic, he was a student at the Weimar Bauhaus, where he found a singular figurative style. Little noticed by art history until now, Max Peiffer Watenphul was very well connected within the artistic avant-garde of the 1920s. He was a city and landscape painter, a passionate photographer of subjects with idiosyncratic identities and a restless traveller, especially after one of his paintings was exhibited in the Degenerate Art exhibition in 1937. Italy was a place of longing for Peiffer Watenphul, which he travelled to frequently and where he eventually lived after 1945.