Johann Kluska, Venus

Johann Kluska, Venus Johann Kluska, Venus Johann Kluska, Venus

Select product:

Price:€ 27000.00


Displayed at the Grosse Deutsche Kunstausstellung 1941, Saal 22

'Healthy Aryan flesh'

'There were the sensual and lingering nudes of Karl Truppe, Gerhardinger, Graf, Ernst Liebermann, Johann Kluska, Schult, Richard Klein, and many others furnushed the exhibition with 'healthy Aryan flesh' (Peter Adam, 'Art of the Third Reich').

Large painting of a nude (supposedly his wife), by Johann Kluska, official portrait painter of German presidents. Bought from the hiers of Kluska. Created in 1940. 
Displayed at the GDK 1941.

Johann Kluska, 'Venus', depicted in 'Die Kunst im Deutschen Reich', March 1942, page 80.

- condition : I-II             
- size : 143 x 120 cm, unframed 130 x 105 cm  
- signed : left, under (1940-1961)
- type : oil on canvas. Frame also original from 1940                                
- misc. I : bought from the heirs
- misc. II : professional cleaned, re-varnished; frame restored

'Galerie der Bunsdespräsidenten im Rathaus Tiergarten', Berlin.
Left: Johann Kluska, 1954, German president Theodor Heuss (1949–1959).
Mid: Johann Kluska, 1960, German president Heinrich Lübke (1959 – 1969).
Right: Johann Kluska, 1970, German president Gustav Heinemann (1969–1974).
All three portraits hang in the ‘Galerie der Bunsdespräsidenten im Rathaus Tiergarten', Berlin (‘Gallery of the German presidents in the City Hall-Tiergarten, Berlin’).

Johann Kluska, cover-illustration of the Olympics Special of the ‘Berliner Illustrierte Zeitung’, 1936.

Left: Johann Kluska, ‘Verkündigung’ (‘Proclamation’), cretaed 1964. Size: 70 x 50 cm.
Right: Johan Kluska, ‘Fegefeuer’ (‘Hell-fire’), created in 1937.

Johan Kluska, ‘Köningskolonnaden, Berlin’ (‘King’s Colonnades, Berlin’), created 1949.
The sandstone ‘Köningskolonnaden’ with its Baroque sculptures, is located at the Kleistpark in Berlin. Designed by Carl von Gontard and built between 1777 and 1780, it once graced the route from Königsstrasse to Alexanderplatz. In 1910, to protect it from traffic, it was moved to the Kleistpark.  

Left: Johann Kluska, ‘Woman’s nude’, created 1954.
Right: Johan Kluska, ‘Schlafende’ (‘Sleeping’), created 1946.

Left: Johann Kluska, ‘Jünglich mit Krug und Weinrömer’ (‘Younman with Jar and Wineglass’), created 1951. Size 175 x 128 cm.
Right: Johann Kluska, ‘Stehender weiblicher Rückenakt’( ‘Standing Nude from teh back’), created 1969. Size: 61 x 46 cm.

Johann Kluska, ‘Eva’, created in 1963. Size: 150 x 61 cm. Sold by a German auction house in 2006.


Johann Kluska, official portrait painter of German presidents
Johann Kluska (1904–1973), born in Berlin, was a German painter and illustrator. He studied from 1916 to 1918 at the Kunstschule in Berlin, from 1918-20 at the Staatlichen Kunstgewerbe- und Handwerkerschule in Berlin, and from 1920 onwards at the Berlin Academy as the ‘Meisterschüler’ of Max Koch. From 1925 onwards he took part in the Great Berlin Exhibitions.
Kluska mainly painted nudes, male and female, often depicted in a realistic style, but also in a mythical-impressionistic way.
In 1941 he displayed his work ‘Venus’ in the Great German Art Exhibition in Munich. From 1942 until the end of the war he served as reserve-paramedic.
Kluska had other exhibitions in 1943 at the Städtischen Museum in Leipzig, in 1948 at the Kunstmagazin Schöneberg in Berlin, in 1954 at the Kunstkabinett Prenzlauer Berg, Berlin, in 1968 at the Concorso Internationale di Pittura, Italy and in 1965/1970/1972 at the Galerie 'Das Bild-Berlin'. 
After WWII he gained renown as the official portrait painter of several presidents of Germany. Johann Kluska painted, amongst others, in 1954 Bundespräsident (Head of State) Theodor Heuss, in 1960 Bundespräsident Heinrich Lübke (1959–1969) and in 1970 Gustav Heinemann (1969–1974). These portraits hang in the ‘Galerie der Bunsdespräsidenten im Rathaus Tiergarten', Berlin (‘Gallery of the German presidents in the City Hall-Tiergarten, Berlin’).
Johann Kluska died in 1973 in Berlin.