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Alfred Bernert, Mutter mit Kind

Alfred Bernert, Mutter mit Kind Alfred Bernert, Mutter mit Kind Alfred Bernert, Mutter mit Kind

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'Mutter mit Kind' ('Mother with Child')
Displayed at the Sächsiche Kunstausstellung Dresden, 1934.

Left: Alfred Bernert, ‘Mutter mit Kind‘ (‘Mother and Child‘), 1933. Displayed at the Sächsiche Kunstausstellung Dresden, 1934. Depicted in the official exhibition catalogue.
Right: Alfred Bernert, ‘Mutter mit Kind‘. This foto was found in the archives of the ‘Sächsische Landesbibliothek – Staats- und Universitätsbibliothek Dresden‘, the Library oft he University of Dresden. The text below the photo reads:
‘Mutter mit Kind‘
‘Oil, 1933‘
‘Previously in the possession of the artist‘. 
  


- condition : II                    
- size : 130 x 105 cm, unframed...
- signed : left, under
- type : oil on canvas                                      

 






 

Alfred Bernert, 'Mutter mit Kind' ('Mother and Child') and 'Gleichklang' ('Harmony'), depicted in the book 'N.S. Frauenbuch', J.F. Lehmanns Verlag, München, 1934 ('Herausgegeben im Auftrage der Obersten Leitung der P.O., N.S. Frauenschaft').
  


Alfred Bernert, ‘Gang zur Scholle‘ (‘Going to the fields‘, also named ‘Harmony‘). This foto was found in the archives of the ‘Sächsische Landesbibliothek – Staats- und Universitätsbibliothek Dresden‘, the Library oft he University of Dresden. The text below the photo reads:
‘Gang zur Scholle‘
‘Oil, 1933‘
‘Previously in the possession of the artist‘.



Alfred Bernert, ‘Mutter und Kind‘ and ‘Gleichklang‘ (‘Harmony‘), 1933. Depicted in Mortimer G. Davidson, Kunst in Deutschland, 1991.



Alfred Bernert, 'Ernterast' ('Rest' from Harvest). Depicted in 'Der Schwäbische Heimatskalender, Dorfskalender für das Land Württenberg', 1941, NS-Kurier Verlag.




Left: Alfred Bernert, ‘Helmut mit dem Speer’ (‘Helmut with the Javelin’), created 1933. In the possession of the Galerie der Moderne (Kunsthistorischen Museum Görlitz), who displayed this painting in 2015. Size: 110 x 90 cm.
Right: Alfred Bernert, ‘Helmut mit Speer’ (‘Hemut with Javelin’), drawing. Size 77 x 48 cm.
  


Alfred Bernert,Wogendes Korn‘ (‘Wind moving Grain‘). Likely displayed at the Sächsiche Kunstausstellung Dresden, 1934. Size 94 x 63 cm.



Alfred Bernert, ‘Krieg und Frieden‘ (‘War and Piece‘), large size painting which hung for many years in the hospital of Herrnhut. Created in 1966.




Left: Alfred Bernert, ‘Portrait of Henrik Verwoerd‘. In 1974 Bernert was commissioned by the Czech economist Dr. Karl Janovsky to create a portrait of  Hendrik Verwoerd, the former Prime Minster of South Africa who was assassinated in 1966. Janovsky, a great admirer of Verwoerd (the architect of the Apartheid regime in South Africa) gave this portrait to Verwoerd’s widow.
Right: Alfred Bernert, 'Portrait of Hendrik Verwoerdt', depicted on the cover of the book ‘Stokkiesdraai’ by Marië van Heerden, Pretoria, 1984.
  


Left: Alfred Bernert, ‘Portrait des Naturforschers Christian Gottfried Ehrenberg in Zivil mit angelegtem Ordenskreuz’. Portrait of Christian Gottfried Ehrenberg (1795–1876), German naturalist, zoologist, comparative anatomist, geologist, and microscopist; one of the most famous and productive scientists of his time. Size 61 x 50 cm.  Decorated with the ‘Orden Pour le Mérite für Wissenschaft und Künste’ (‘The Order of Merit for Science and Arts’).
Right: Alfred Bernert, ‘Portrait des Geologen Christian Leopold von Buch in Zivil mit angelegtem Ordenskreuz’. Portrait of Christian Leopold von Buch (1774–1853), German geologist and paleontologist; he is remembered as one of the most important contributors to geology in the first half of the nineteenth century. Size 61 x 51 cm.
  


Left: Alfred Bernert, ‘Der Junge Zinzendorf’ (‘The young Zinzendorf’), depicted on the cover of the book ‘Zinzendorf und die Herrnhuter Brüdergemeinde’, 2009. Bernert created this work after a painting by A.S. Belle, Paris, 1720.
Nikolaus Ludwig, Reichsgraf von Zinzendorf und Pottendorf (1700 – 1760) was a German religious and social reformer, bishop of the Moravian Church and founder of the Herrnhuter Brüdergemeine. He was a major figure of the 18th century Protestantism, notable for providing shelter for the German-speaking Moravian exiles at Herrnhut. This settlement was influenced by his Pietist ideas from the Lutheran faith he was brought up in. Nowadays, the Moravian Church remains heavily shaped by Zinzendorf, in addition to its Hussite origin.
Right: Statue of Zinzendorf in the city of Herrnhut, were Alfred Bernert lived for 46 years.
  


Left: Alfred Berner, ‘Sitzender Frauenakt’ (‘Sitting Nude’). Signed 1973. Size 71 x 51 cm.
Right: Alfred Berner, ‘Junge Frau am Strand’ (‘Young woman at the beach’). Signed 1961. Size 50 x 40 cm.
  




 

Alfred Bernert
Alfred Bernert (1893–1991), son of a German farmer, was born is Dönis, which is nowadays the city of Hrádek nad Nisou in the Czech Republic. Bernert served in World War I where he was severely wounded and lost his right leg. In 1918, after his marriage, he moved to Bad Oppelsdorf (now Poland). He received a study grant from the state which enabled him to study at the Technischen Hochschule in Prague and at the Karls University in Prague. Bernert painted portraits and landscapes, but became later also known for his Blud und Boden (Blood and Soil) depictions. Some of these -including ‘Mother and Child’ and ‘Harmony’, both created in 1933- are still very popular on the internet in 2017.
His first success was the exhibition of three works (‘Die Ernte’, ‘Frauenbildnis’ and ‘Der Skilaufer’) at the Grosse Berliner Kunstausstellung 1923; all three paintings were sold on the first day of the exhibition. He attended a study course in Sweden, later exhibited at the Grosse Kunstausstellung 1927, XLVIII. Jahresausstellung der Genossenschaft der Bildenden Künstler, Vienna.  In 1934, at the Sächsiche Kunstausstellung Dresden, Bernert –member of the N.S. Fachschaft (NS-trade union) displayed the works ‘Mutter mit Kind‘, ‘Ernte‘, ‘Wogendes Korn‘ and ‘Mutter‘.
At the end of the Second World War, in June 1945, Bernert and his family fled across the border to the city of Herrnhut in Germany (NB Dönis, Bad Oppeldorf and Herrnhut are currently situated in three different countries, but they are located within a 40 kilometers radius). His first commissioned work was a portrait of the Sovjet Stadtkommandant of the city of Herrnhut. For the next 46 years, until his death, Bernert continued painting portraits and landscapes. In 1966 he created the large size ‘Krieg und Frieden’ (‘War and Peace’), which hung for many years in the hospital of Herrnhut. In 1974 Bernert was commissioned by the Czech economist Dr. Karl Janovsky to create a portrait of  Hendrik Verwoerd, the former Prime Minster of South Africa who was assassinated in 1966. Janovsky, a great admirer of Verwoerd (the architect of the Apartheid regime in South Africa) gave this portrait to Verwoerd’s widow. The work is depicted on the cover of the book ‘Stokkiesdraai’ by Marië van Heerden, Pretoria, 1984.
Alfred Bernert died in 1991 in the city of Herrnhut.
In 2011/12 a special exhibition with 36 works by Bernert was held in the Heimatsmuseum Herrnhut. Three years later works by Bernert were shown in the exhibition ‘Gesichter – Portraits aus drei Jahrhunderten’ organized by the same museum. In 2015 the Galerie der Moderne (Kunsthistorischen Museum Görlitz) displayed the work ‘Helmut mit dem Speer’, created in 1933 by Bernert. In the same year paintings by Alfred Bernert were shown in the exhibition ‘Mitten im krieg’, Städtische Museen Zittau.