Lothar Fischer’s Formal Language
Then artistically independent, the sculptor focused on the concept of the shell as a creative form. Lothar Fischer’s primary theme is the human being in its fundamental positions, but conceived as an elongated and seemingly artificial figure, far removed from a naturalistic representation. Female figures are predominant. Alongside these artificial female figures, Fischer also created male sculptures that were mostly related to an equestrian theme or horses.
The artist worked mainly with clay, but also liked to experiment with other materials such as terracotta, wax, bronze, and iron. In addition to his sculptural works, he also created numerous watercolors and ink drawings.
Significant Moments in Lothar Fischer’s Life
Fischer was appointed as a professor at the Hochschule der Künste in Berlin in 1975. In 1990, the State of Rhineland-Palatinate awarded Fischer its Art Prize, which to this day is considered the state’s highest artistic honor. One year later he became a member of the Bayerische Akademie der Schönen Künste in Munich.
In 1997, Fischer stopped teaching in Berlin and moved to Baierbrunn.
His native town of Neumarkt awarded him its Cultural Prize in 2000. The poet Margret Hölle suggested the idea of opening a museum to showcase the sculptor’s oeuvre in his home town.
Lothar Fischer died in Baierbrunn near Munich on June 15, 2004. Shortly afterwards, on June 19, 2004, the Museum Lothar Fischer was opened in Neumarkt.
Sources: • Museum Lothar Fischer website: https://www.museum-lothar-fischer.de/home.html (last accessed: 10/11/2020) • Komitee SPUR: http://www.komitee-spur.de/gruppe-spur/ (last accessed: 10/11/2020)