Baumeister, Willi

Baumeister, Willi

(vĭl`ē bou`mīstər), 1889–1955, German artist. Influenced by primitive art and Miro's surrealismsurrealism
, literary and art movement influenced by Freudianism and dedicated to the expression of imagination as revealed in dreams, free of the conscious control of reason and free of convention.
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, Baumeister created abstractions that contain mechanical and organic forms. In later works (e.g., Reddish Relief with Sand, 1950; Baumeister Coll., Stuttgart) he included ideographic signs in his compositions.
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