|Birth: ||Nov. 5, 1901|
|Death: ||Jan. 29, 1998|
Bruno Goller was born in Gummerbach, Oberbergischer Kreis, Northrhine Westphalia, Germany, on November 5, 1901. Already in his youth he knew that his profession was going to be that of a painter, so he started to paint autodidactically, and in 1919 he had the chance to become a student of a well-known painter (landscapes) of reputation Mr Julius Jungheim. For that purpose, Bruno Goller moved to Düsseldorf. His development included his joining an artists group called ‘Das junge Rheinland' (1927). As a member of this group, Bruno Goller, for the first time, had his paintings shown in one of the exhibitions held. Without clearer evidence one can only presume that it was either in 1927 or 1928 that Bruno Goller got acquainted with the circle around the famous "Mutter Ey", as well as the Rhineland Avant-garde. Moreover, in 1928 Bruno Goller, with a few others, founded the 'Rheinische Sezession', but he eventually left this group in 1930 to focus his interest on further aims.
World War II and its impacts on Bruno Goller's financial situation were rather gloomy. Come to that, Mr Goller found the risen political pressure hard enough to gradually draw back from painting. In 1940 he was recruited and sent to France to serve his country.
Unfortunately, the destructions caused in this war also extended to Bruno Goller's works, when the studio he had in Düsseldorf was destroyed, and apart from only a handful of paintings, most of his works were simply lost. After the war Bruno Goller was appointed professor at the Staatliche Kunstakademie (1953).
During the next decade, Goller's paintings were exhibited all around Germany. Some of Goller's paintings were shown at documenta II in 1959. In 1965 Bruno Goller even had the honour to represent his country at the the Federal Republic of Germany at the São Paulo VIII Biennale, where he showed 35 paintings. Throughout the years, Mr Goller received a many awards, amongst others the "Großer Preis für Malerei" (North Rhine-Westphalia), and he was awarded the "Großes Verdienstkreuz des Verdienstordens der Bundesrepublik Deutschland", the ultimate proof of honour.
Mr Bruno Goller died in Düsseldorf in January 1998. In his honour, his hometown has renovated one of the eldest buildings in town, which was named after the town's famous son. The Bruno Goller house is a venue of culture, where classical concerts may be visited, paintings are exhibited and lectures of a vast variety are held on a regular basis.
Specifically: Buried on Alter Friedhof, Gummersbach
Created by: Edda Meinikat
Record added: Jul 26, 2008
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