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Self portrait - Drawing with charcoal
Adolf Dietrich was a Swiss labourer and, as one of the most renowned naïve artists, one of the leading Swiss painters of the 20th century.
Adolf Dietrich was born to poor farmers in the canton of Thurgau as the youngest of seven children. Upon discovering his exceptional graphical talents, his schoolteacher suggested that he become a lithographer. His parents, however, refused their youngest son was needed as a farmhand.
Dietrich would remain in the house of his parents, as a bachelor, for the rest of his life. Because the small farm provided little income, he had to work as a home worker and as a day labourer in a local textile mill as well as in the woods.Only on Sundays was he free to engage in drawing and painting. His first sketchbook dates to 1896, his first paintings to 1900. He created his works without any training or examples; but he did heed the advice of passing landscape painters to trust in his powers of observation.
For years, Dietrich tried without success to have his works shown in public. After his works were first shown in Konstanz in 1913, he received some recognition in Germany, where he was associated with the Neue Sachlichkeit movement and called the "German Rousseau". In 1924, Dietrich was able to cease his home work thanks to the still meager income provided by the sale of his works in Germany.
The income from Germany ceased with the Nazi Machtergreifung in 1933 and the flight of his Jewish art dealer, Herbert Tannenbaum. However, Swiss museums and galleries were now slowly growing interested in Dietrich, and his international breakthrough came in 1937–38, when the exposition Les maîtres populaires de la réalité in Paris, Zürich und New York fêted him as the principal representative of naïve art.
source : http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Adolf_Dietrich
Selbstbildnis / Selfportrait 1918 - Öl auf Karton / Oil painting on cardboard, 52 x 37 cm
Stiftung für Kunst, Kultur und Geschichte, Winterthur
Ernstli mit Apfel auf der Ofenbank, 1925,Öl auf Karton, 80 x 56 cm, Fondation Saner, Studen
Balbo Lying on the Lawn, 1955
Cactus in Interior 1936
Hender Schlangenkaktus vor Seelandschaft 1944
Raben und Elster in Winterlandschaft / Crow and Magpie in a winter landscape, 1934 Öl auf Holz / Oil painting on wood, 65 x 80 cm
Hunting dog, 1934 Öl auf Holz / Oil painting on wood
Margeritenstrauss mit Kanarienvogel / Maguerite bouquet with a canari, 1954
Winterlandschaft mit Möwen / Winter landscape with sea gulls, 1931, Öl auf Karton / Oil painting on cardboard 49,5 x 57,5 cm, Fondation Saner, Studen
Schiffsuntergang vor Berlingen, 1935
Kaninchen und Aquarium, 1939
Zwei Eichhörnchen / Two squirrels, 1933,
Öl auf Karton / Oil painting on carboard, 21.5 x 31.5 cm
Mädchen mit Maikäfer, Oil painting, 53,3 x 40cm, 1923
Frühlingsgarten 1926/ Spring garden, Öl auf Karton / Oil painting on cardboard, 34 x 42 cm; Kunstmuseum Winterthur