Matt Retallick
Karl Weschke: Art UK

From Germany to Cornwall: the life of painter Karl Weschke, an essay written for Art UK, July 2021.

'It was Cornwall that made Weschke a painter, and the theme of its landscape runs through... paintings such as Pillar of Smoke (1964) where the painterly language is increasingly simplified but links to a complex biography. The black smoke of a moorland gorse fire echoes the concentration camp pyres that Weschke saw in documentary films played to him as a prisoner of war'.

The whole essay is available to read here.

Image: Pillar of Smoke (1964) © the estate of Karl Weschke. All rights reserved, DACS 2023. Photo credit: Tate.