1902 Berlin – 1968 Cologne
Ernst Wilhelm Nay, who studied with Karl Hofer at the Berlin University of Fine Arts from 1925 to 1928, received great recognition as a young painter for his still lifes, portraits and landscapes, which reveal the influence of the paintings of Henri Matisse and Karl Hofer. During his nine-month stay at the Villa Massimo in Rome in 1931 he painted surrealist-abstract images. A first highlight of his artistic work was achieved with Nay’s “Fischer and Lofotenbilder”, which he painted in 1937 in Norway and on the Lofoten Islands, where he worked thanks to a scholarship financed by Edvard Munch. In the same year, two of his works were shown in the exhibition “Degenerate Art” and Nay was banned from exhibiting.