Beauty in Re­flec­tions of Tra­di­tional Ad­her­ence

Arabella - - FRONT PAGE - Writ­ten by Brett An­ning­son

to be a painter," ex­plains Ger­hard, "then it is some­thing you just have to do." The son of a phar­ma­cist, Ger­hard was the el­dest of four chil­dren. Born on a cold day in Fe­bru­ary, in 1938, in Lud­wigshafen/rhein, Ger­many, Ger­hard and his fam­ily moved to Of­fen­bach when he was merely two years old. With his fa­ther open­ing his own phar­macy, it was his in­ten­tion that it would be a fam­ily run busi­ness and that even­tu­ally Ger­hard would fol­low in his foot­steps. Ger­hard, how­ever, felt a dif­fer­ent call­ing. "I was drawing since my child­hood," he in­ter­jects, "and I knew I was go­ing to dis­ap­point him. I just had to be cre­ative. I came by it nat­u­rally as my grand­fa­ther was a lithog­ra­pher. There was also a pro­fes­sional artist, Adolf Bode, who had his stu­dio in the same neigh­bour­hood as my grand­par­ents and I would watch him paint the flow­ers of his gar­den all day long. It was my first ex­pe­ri­ence watch­ing an artist and it cap­ti­vated my imag­i­na­tion." Bode was an in­spi­ra­tional teacher.

pre­vi­ous spread, In­te­rior, oil on can­vas, 9.5" x 12" above, Houses on the Lake, oil on can­vas, 16" x 27.5" right, Rothen­burg, oil on can­vas, 27.5" x 20"

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