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Christian Bahr


Painting, Acrylic on Canvas

Size: 19.7 W x 17.7 H x 0.8 D in

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LANGEMARCK IN NOVEMBER Diptych 2021 Complete dimension with a hanging distance of 5 cm / 1,96 in between the two pieces: hung below each other: 45 (h) x 50 (w) x 2 cm / 17,7 (h) x 19,7 (w) x 0,78 in hung side by side: 20 (h) x 105 (w) x 2 cm / 7,9 (h) x 41,3 (w) x 0,78 in dimension of each piece 20 (h) x 50 (w) x 2 cm / 7,9 (h) x 19,7 (w) x 0,78 in acrylic and oil on canvas Coronavirus series Langemarck is a village in the Belgian province of West-Flanders, and known as an important battlefield of World War I., on 10 November 1914, in the first months of a war that would then last four years, during an attempted breakthrough, the German corps suffered enormous losses: over 2,000 young soldiers (some only 15 years old), led by young officers without practical experience, died without achieving any objective. They were senselessly sacrificed by the army leadership. But the German propaganda misused this tragedy. A popular and enduring myth of heroic self-sacrifice for the nation known as the "Mythos von Langemarck" arose from the propagandistic lying story. But in reality the story of the young soldiers before Langemarck is an extreme example of the futility and absurdity of war and that in every war the truth dies first. There is now a major German war cemetery, the Langemark German war cemetery, in this location, which has about 40,000 burials. * * * “Two armies that fight each other is like one large army that commits suicide.” ~ Henri Barbusse, 1916 * * * About the background: This diptych is one of a monochrome series of current works that artistically deal with the subject of the coronavirus and the effects. There is an existential threat that is not exactly tangible, remains diffuse and yet dominates everything. What does this pandemic do to the individual? What will remain of this strangely depressing time? Sometimes a look at history helps. In modern history, how did previous generations deal with such dramatic episodes? And we understand, there were dramas of completely different dimensions that humans are able to cope with. A war of annihilation raged around a hundred years ago (1914 - 1918) that set the entire world on fire and changed everyone: The First World War is the key event of the 20th century and is still having an impact today. The history books contain the names of the generals and the great battles. But what about the normal individual, the one in the trenches as well as the families who struggled for survival back home? How did you think, how did they feel in the midst of an existential threat that they had no control over? The photos of the battlefields of the First World War, in particular the fighting on the Western Front in Flanders, before Verdun and on the Marne and Somme (between German, French, British, American, Belgian, Australian, New Zealand, Portuguese, and Canadian soldiers) formed the con-crete template for these paintings. The monochrome color scheme of the paintings, dominated by Prussian Blue, refers to the historical black and white photos. The letters that the soldiers at the front wrote back home are well documented. And anyone reading this field post today will notice that the men in the armies (and their families) thought and felt alike despite their opposition. And even more, how similar people were to us with all their hopes and fears at the beginning of the 20th century, more than we probably want to admit. Today these battlefields have been renatured. The fields and forests are quiet and peaceful, and almost nothing gives an inkling of the earlier horror, the trenches, and mass armies that generated unprecedented destructive power with modern weapons. What determined the fate of millions of people is now only a fading memory. And this is exactly what the artworks in this series of paintings tell about. There is a fundamental insight: every horror has an end at some point. The chance to shape life individually and freely again will return. The coronavirus will only remain a temporary episode in all of our lives. And in a hundred years at the latest we won't even remember what is troubling us now, what caused it, whether it was good or bad, and whether it was a medical or a human disaster. The dark fades (too) quickly. Man is a survivor and always looks ahead. And that's how I want the paintings in this series to be understood, despite the difficult subject, as signs of firm hope. * * * This monochrome diptych in Prussian Blue is a small artwork and offers an aesthetic impression on your wall AND as my authentic and personal artwork an artistic subsurface message. I use exclusively oil and acrylic colors, canvas and wooden frames in a professional museum quality. The paintings have my signature on the front and are signed, entitled and dated on the backside. Deliberately the sides are a part of the paintings. The diptych is ready to hang (on the backside: high-quality iron plates with metal inserts and nylon rope for gallery use), unframed and doesn’t need a frame or any additional surface treatment. The two paintings are not connected to each other and each need their own hanging. The piece will be safely shipped in a custom wooden crate. It will be accompanied by a certificate of authenticity and a cover letter. Complete dimension of the diptych with a hanging distance of 5 cm / 1,96 in between the two pieces: hung below each other: 45 (h) x 50 (w) x 2 cm / 17,7 (h) x 19,7 (w) x 0,78 in hung side by side: 20 (h) x 105 (w) x 2 cm / 7,9 (h) x 41,3 (w) x 0,78 in dimension of each piece: 20 (h) x 50 (w) x 2 cm / 7,9 (h) x 19,7 (w) x 0,78 in Please note: In context pictures are not necessarily to scale and are for illustrative purposes only. If you have any questions about this artwork or any other piece, feel free to contact me and I’ll get back to you as soon as I can. Thanks so much for taking an interest in my work. Warm wishes, Christian

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Multi-paneled Painting:Acrylic on Canvas

Original:One-of-a-kind Artwork

Size:19.7 W x 17.7 H x 0.8 D in

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CHRISTIAN BAHR has been a passionate, profound German painter and experienced draftsman for over 35 years, selling his works worldwide. His works can currently be found in private collections and public spaces in the US, Mexico, Canada, UK, China, Thailand, Australia, Spain, Portugal, Belgium, Germany, Poland, Malta, Sweden, Russia, Ukraine and Belarus. His atmospheric large paintings are poetry and artistic struggle at the same time. They capture both harmony and conflict, overall reflecting a strong aesthetic. He has participated in many national and international exhibitions. What he believes in: ........................................................................... “Not everything is art. But art is everything and everything breathes art in one way or another. Art is the true beauty of mankind.” ........................................................................... “I work in my studio nearby the big German coastal city of Hamburg, on the North sea. I’m a seeker as a painter, in search of answers. The single human takes center stage. I work constantly, with great passion and discipline on my further artistic way. I have a clear, strong painting philosophy. And I deal with philosophical, mythological as well as with historical subjects in my works.” ........................................................................... “I go my own way in my paintings. I find the source for my inspiration in me. Spontaneous action is the key, my preferred method. I work intuitively and in most cases without previous sketches, because I do not need a creative distance, I only reduce the view of our surroundings. Added value and clarity through abstraction. It must be rough, original, melancholic, dark, and yet at the same time bright, poetic, clear and full of hope. No maybe, no lukewarm. Every moment counts. That's exactly how I paint." ........................................................................... “Painting is a beauty, soul and passion, but sometimes fighting. A fight with myself, an endless struggle for colors and motif in my own conversation, as a rough internal dialogue. There are these days and nights, when I fight for every single brushstroke, when I question every color scheme. But it is good it is not always easy. Because each artistic battle is worthwhile and shows that I am - as an artist - still alive, breathing and developing.“ ...........................................................................

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