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lüder h. niemeyer fine arts since 1959

“  Alexander’s life was a wondrous paroxysm , a dream
which conjured up the Homeric ages from the grave ”

Oswald Spengler

Alexander Campaign
13 Stations of Alexander the Great 334–326 B.C.

Revised and enlarged edition

Near Main Street. So the here interesting title of a volume of stories by Swiss author Jakob Bosshart (1862-1924), whose fame after death rests upon the woodcuts contributed by Ernst Ludwig Kirchner. And only a near presumably may yet raise curiosity for the one or other in the thick of Alexander literature. About their angles, references and illustrations. May they be familiar or rather new. Bundled as text and picture book. Rendering visible by means of the œuvres of Charles Le Brun, François Verdier and J. E. Ridinger the change of the picture of Alexander taking place in France and Germany in the 17th/18th century. From the heroic to the See a Picture of the Savage Victor. With quite essential nuances as immanent to great minds. Œuvres which with respect to Le Brun and Ridinger generally complement, not repeat each other. The latter here neither by Verdier.

As art historically presumably first portrayal on this road from … to that station which yielded world history with the decisive cesura. The decision to turn back. As “the only defeat Alexander had ever suffered”. And greatest possible to boot. Sustained subsequent to his greatest victory only a few months before on the Hydaspes against Porus. So Peter G. Tsouras 2004 in the cover story of Military History XXI/2. But now summer/fall 326 B.C. The adversaryless end on the Indian Hyphasis. Documented in drawing by the 25-years-old Ridinger as practically coeval with the king. Yet no longer admiring the latter, rather reflecting on him. And by this develops the previous history picture further from the presentation of heroic deeds to the reflexion of these two generations before Jacques Louis David.

Turn thus. Nonetheless in the king’s manner. Whose “Most Heroic Moment” (Tsouras) lured for him behind the wall of the citadel of the Mallians at Multan in the Indian, now Pakistan Punjab in December 326. And quite en passant revealed Alexander’s rapport with offerings and extispicies. Presented here in drawing by Verdier (1651-1730). On blue paper. As apparently, as not the rule with him, reverence to the subject.

Nuances of the byways thus as against the march step of the main roads. Up to the embedded recourse to Albrecht Altdorfer’s Battle of Alexander at Issus of Alte Pinakothek Munich as a “true marvel of art” (Nagler 1835). With the anticipation by 400 years of an expressionist sky beyond imagination (Pia F. Cuneo 1998). Here establishing in analogy to more recent literature with exception of even yet Wolfgang Schöne (1983) his sun as setting, not rising. Being able to confront this with an Oriental victorious sun by the expressionist old hand Franz Heckendorf the chance of the dealer’s inventory made possible.

The one as the other presented ultimately with the clandestine invitation for a caressing touch of the paper.

The author’s heroism is limited to courage in everyday life. The forced early school leaving in the German post-war Ulbricht state within the context of the authoritarian purge against young Christians was followed shortly afterwards at a moment’s notice by the flight into the free and democratic West Berlin, after – gratefully unforgotten – the very same local partisan of the forcefully merged Reds, who had pursued said purge as ordered, had informed the family sibyllinely that traveling should do youth good. Four weeks later then on June 17 all that erupted which an out of touch representativeship thought it could burden with, stone by stone, the people without any consequences whatsoever. For the author yet a new wide subject opened, to which he would remain true for life.

The editor, on his father’s side gened by the urge of the sea and wideness down to the horizon, went to sea for some years, until he, too, learned the profession of an antiquary from the bottom up, before starting his own business with lookout marine, yet without saying mentally farewell to the home passion as the orbit of his growing up. What present book, as already two previous, bears witness to, too.

And so author as editor dedicate this book jointly to the memory of their grandfather and great grandfather resp., Magnus Welchert. From Oldenburg by birth, first newspaper publisher, then miner, deceased 1923 at Castrop-Rauxel. Shades of Book Daniel 11, 4. On whosoever’s level ever it be.

2022. 30 × 21.5 cm. 148 pp.
With 71 (39 color, 16 double full-page & 4 full-page) illustrations and 9 vignettes.
Laminated orig. boards in thread stitching. – Printed on 200 g photo brilliant paper. – In German.

ISBN 978-3-7557-5491-6 | € 78.—
or as e-book – ISBN 978-3-7557-7176-0 – € 24.99