Hermann Hesse Prints

Written by Serena Berger
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Hermann Hesse prints are slightly less well known than the novels by the same artist, who won a Nobel Prize for Literature, as well an numerous other global prizes for his books. The Glass Bead Game and Siddhartha were both important works exploring post-modern identity. Steppenwolf was so influential that a band changed their name and some of the country's most insightful and craft-conscious actors formed a theater with the novel as its namesake.

Why then did Hermann Hesse suddenly switch his focus to art in his early 40s? It seems a logical extension of his talent, actually. Critics had repeatedly described Hesse's writing as being the writing of a painter, someone who thought about words and ideas the way that artists think of color, line, shapes, and composition.

It is no surprise that many people are able to compare successfully the style of Hermann Hesse prints with his style as a writer. That style borrowed from and was informed by many other traditions but also reflected Hesse's singular vision: a quest for peace and truth. Many of his most popular paintings have vistas from the village of Montagnola, in Switzerland, as their subject. These landscapes signified peace and beauty to Hesse, who painted them with love and skill.

The Style of Hermann Hesse Prints

There is an obvious Expressionist bent to Carona or Certenago with just a touch of Cubist sensibility, or at least the Cezanne-esque precursor to Cubism. The palette is rich and varied and almost hyper-realistic. Many people find Hermann Hesse prints of old houses and stone roofs, garden walls, chestnut trees, and mountains to be lovely and relaxing to have in their own personal spaces.


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