Güse, Ernst-Gerhard

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GÜSE, Ernst-Gerhard




Agent—c/o Author Mail, Prestel Art Books, Mandlstrasse 26, 80802, Munich 40, Germany.


Art historian and writer. Saarland Museum, Saarbrücken, Germany, former director.


Das Frühwerk Max Beckmanns: Zur Thematik seiner Bilder aus den Jahren 1904-1914, P. Lang (Frankfurt, Germany), 1977.

(With Brigitte Kaul and Sabine Kricke-Güse) 96 Künstler aus Westfalen: Westfälisches Landesmuseum für Kunst und Kulturgeschichte, Landschaftsverband Westfalen-Lippe (exhibition catalogue), Landeschaftsverband (Münster, Germany), 1982.

(With Ursula Heiderich and Brigitte Kaul) Die Tunisreise: Klee, Macke, Moilliet, Westfälisches Landesmuseum für Kunst und Kulturgeschichte (Münster, Germany), 1982.

Wilhelm Morgner, Westfälisches Landesmuseum für Kunst und Kulturgeschichte (Münster, Germany), 1983.

(Wtih Emil Schumacher) Djerba, G. Hatje (Stuttgart, Germany), 1983.

Arnulf Rainer, Malerei 1980-1990, G. Hatje (Stuttgart, Germany), 1990.

(With Meinrad Maria Grewenig and Richard Verdi) Paul Klee: Dialogue with Nature, Prestel Art Books (Munich, Germany), 1991.

Matisse: Drawings and Sculpture, translated by John Ormord with Iain Taylor, Prestel Art Books (Munich, Germany), 1991.

Emil Schumacher: Die Gouachen der 80er Jahre: Mit einem Beitrag des Künstlers, Prestel (Munich, Germany), 1992.

(With Carl Haenlein) Pablo Picasso: Der artistische Prozess, das lithographische Werk, Kestner-Gesellschaft (Hannover, Germany), 1993.

(With Roland Augustin) Klaus Graubner: Völklingen (exhibition catalogue), Saarland Museum (Saarbrücken, Germany), 1998.

(Author of foreword) Ottweiler Porzellan: Katalog zur gleichnamingen Ausstellung der Alten Sammlung (exhibition catalogue), Saarland Museum (Saarbrücken, Germany), 2000.

(Author of foreword) Kultur des Biedermeier: Maler Louis Krevel, Wernersche (Worms, Germany), 2001.


(With S. Salzmann) Constantin Brancusi: Plastiken, Zeichnungen, Wilhelm-Lehmbruck-Museum (Duisburg, Germany), 1976.

(With S. Salzmann) Berto Lardera: Plastiken, Collagen, Graphiken, Wilhelm-Lehmbruck-Museum (Duisburg, Germany), 1976.

(With S. Salzmann) Johannes Molzahn, das druckgraphische Werk, Wilhelm-Lehmbruck-Museum (Duisburg, Germany), 1976.

(With Walter Vitt) Walter Dexel: Bilder, Aquarelle, Collagen, Leuchtreklame, Typografie, Das Landesmuseum (Münster, Germany), 1979.

Reliefs: Formprobleme zwischen Malerei und Skulptur im 20. Jahrhundert, Westfälisches Landesmuseum für Kunst und Kulturgeschichte (Münster, Germany), 1980.

(With Nicola Borger-Keweloh) Edward Hopper: Das Frühwerk, Landschaftsverband Westfalen-Lippe (Münster, Germany), 1981.

C. Soutine, 1893-1943, G. Hatje (Stuttgart, Germany), 1981, Arts Council of Great Britain (London, England), 1982.

Triebkräfte der Erde, Westfälisches Landesmuseum für Kunst und Kulturgeschichte (Münster, Germany), c. 1982.

Die Gemälde von Franz Marc und August Macke im Westfälischen Landesmueum Münster, Westfälisches Landesmuseum für Kunst und Kulturgeschichte (Münster, Germany), 1982.

(With Brigitte Kaul) Werner Knaupp: Köpfe, Figuren, Verbrennungen, Landschaftsverband Westfalen-Lippe (Münster, Germany), 1982.

(With Ernest W. Uthemann) Hap Grieshaber: Holzschnitte und Lithographien, Westfälisches Landesmuseum für Kunst und Kulturgeschichte (Münster, Germany), 1984.

Auguste Rodin, Zeichnungen und Aquarelle, G. Hatje (Stuttgart, Germany), 1984, translated by John Gabriel and Michael Taylor as Auguste Rodin: Drawings and Watercolors, Rizzoli (New York, NY), 1985.

(With Ernest W. Uthemann) Ernst Hermanns, Zeichnungen und Skulpturen, G. Hatje (Stuttgart, Germany), 1985.

Marc Chagall: Druckgraphik, G. Hatje (Stuttgart, Germany), 1985.

August Macke: Gemälde, Aquarelle, Zeichnungen, Bruckmann (Munich, Germany), 1986.

(With Werner Frese) Briefe an Elisabeth und die Freunde, Bruckmann (Munich, Germany), 1987.

Richard Serra, G. Hatje (Stuttgart, Germany), 1987, Rizzoli (New York, NY), 1988.

Otto Modersohn, Zeichnungen, Bruckmann (Munich, Germany), 1988.

Kunstschätze aus Schloss Carlsburg: Die Sammlungen der Herzöge von Pfalz-Zweibrücken, Saarland Museum (Saarbrücken, Germany), 1989.

Paris, Kunst der 50er Jahre: Artaud, Chaissac, Dubuffet, Fautrier, Michaux, Requichot, Wols, Saarland-Museum (Saarbrücken, Germany), 1989.

P. A. Böckstiegel, Westfälisches Landesmuseum für Kunst und Kulturgeschichte (Münster, Germany), 1989.

Fotoarbeiten 1984-1990, Saarland Museum (Saarbrücken, Germany), 1990.

Ingo Ronkholz: Werkstücke, 1987-1990, Saarland Museum (Saarbrücken, Germany), 1991.

Kilian Breier: Fotografik 1953-1990, Saarland Museum (Saarbrücken, Germany), 1991.

(With Théo Wolters) Similitudes et différences: Junge Kunst aus Lothringen, Luxemburg und dem Saarland, Saarland Museum (Saarbrücken, Germany), 1991.

François Morellet: grans formats, Saarland Museum (Saarbrücken, Germany), 1991.

(With others) Max Slevogt: Gemälde, Aquarelle, Zeichnungen, G. Hatje (Stuttgart, Germany), 1992.

Bodo Baumgarten: Venus und Vulkanus, Saarland Museum (Saarbrücken, Germany), 1992.

Jörg Krichbaum: Ansichten, 1962-1992, Saarland Museum (Saarbrücken, Germany), 1992.

(With Ernest W. Uthemann and Gustav Kluge) Gustav Kluge: Die Elemente, Die Künste, Edition Cantz (Stuttgart, Germany), 1992.

Auguste Chabaud 1882-1955: Gemälde, Aquarelle, Zeichnungen, Skulpturen, Richter (Düsseldorf, Germany), 1993.

(With Franz Armin Morat) Giorgio Morandi: Gemälde, Aquarelle, Zeichnungen, Radierungen, Prestel (Munich, Germany), 1993.

Hermann Glöckner: Werke, 1909-1985, G. Hatje (Stuttgart, Germany), 1993.

Das Peter-August-Böckstiegel-Haus in Arrode, Kreis (Gütersloh, Germany), 1993.

Pierre Alechinsky: Zwischen den Zeilen, G. Hatje (Stuttgart, Germany), 1993.

Baselitz, Werke 1981-1993, G. Hatje (Stuttgart, Germany), 1994.

(With Alexander Perrig) Zeichnungen aus der Toskana: Das Zeitalter Michelangelos, Prestel (Munich, Germany), 1997.

(With Franz Armin Morat) Giorgio Morandi: Paintings, Watercolours, Drawings, Etchings, translated from the German by Almuth Seebohn, Prestel Art Books (Munich, Germany), 1999.

(With Andreas Franzke) Jean Dubuffet, Figuren und Köpfe: Auf der Suche nach einer Gegenkultur, Hatje Cantz (Ostfildern-Ruit, Germany), 1999.

(With others) Saarland Museum Saarbrücken, Moderne Galerie, Prestel (Munich, Germany), 1999.

(With Ernest W. Uthemann) Max Neumann, Monotypien, Saarland Museum (Saarbrücken, Germany), 1999.

Eva und Adele: Logo: mediaplast, wings, lingerie (text in English and German), Distributed Art Publishers (New York, NY), 2000.

(With Marion Vogt and Anne-Marie Werner) Ernst Ludwig Kirchner: Aeichnungen, Aquarelle, Druck-graphic, Saarland Museum (Saarbrücken, Germany), 2001.

Die Entdeckung des Lickts: Landschaftsmalerei in Frankreigh von 1830 bis 1886 (catalogue), Saarland Museum (Saarbrücken, Germany), 2001.


Art historian Ernst-Gerhard Güse is the author of a number of works on artists of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. Only a few have been translated from the original German during Güse's career, however, the first of these being Auguste Rodin: Drawings and Watercolors, published in 1985. Here, Güse compiles five essays on the life and work of this French sculptor to create an exhibition catalog for a Rodin retrospective at a Münster, Germany, museum.

Güse has also edited Richard Serra. This work, too, had its origins as an exhibition catalog for a show that went on to tour several European cities. It includes essays by a number of notable art critics providing judgments on the sculptures by Serra—an artist best known for his monumental, sometimes controversial steel pieces that are erected in public places. Many of these works are included in the two hundred plates of illustrations in the tome. Güse's expertise in creating such an examination of Serra and his work was praised by an AB Bookman's Weekly reviewer, who described the volume as "unquestionably the most comprehensive work issued on Serra and his art to date."

Güse also authored the text for Paul Klee: Dialogue with Nature, another of his works to appear in English translation. Contributors to this 1991 tome on the beloved Swiss artist include Meinrad Maria Grewenig and Richard Verdi. Klee enjoyed a long and diverse career as a sculptor, graphic artist, painter, philosopher, and poet, and was associated with a number of modern European styles and movements. Güse's opinions on Klee's creative efforts are found in one of the included essays, as well as in the commentary that accompanies some of the seventy-nine illustrations. "An impressive production, it turns out to be hollow," declared Times Literary Supplement reviewer Norbert Lynton, who faulted the book for its lack of more precise information about the Klee pieces selected for inclusion, and for the repetition of certain themes about Klee's art and its relationship to the natural world.

For Matisse: Drawings and Sculpture Güse served as editor and author of the introduction for this shortened catalog from a show of the same title that was mounted in Saarbrucken, Germany, in the spring of 1991. French master Henri Matisse's fresh, abstract figure drawings and three-dimensional works depicting the human body are compared, and Güse links the two in his essay. The work also contains a biography of Matisse and some of the artist's own writings about his work. Paula Frosch, reviewing Matisse for Library Journal, called it "a delight for the eye and a stimulus for the mind."

Güse has also co-edited Giorgio Morandi: Paintings, Watercolours, Drawings, Etchings with Franz Armin Morat. This treatise discusses the work of a forgotten Italian painter who worked first in cubism, then headed into the rather surprising—for his era and back-ground—field of abstract still lifes. "Morandi spent his career arranging different configurations, 'stopping' light in different ways, creating visual chords by interrupting its passage," observed Merlin James in the Times Literary Supplement. "The new book, reproducing the oils stunningly, reiterates the judgment that this 'delicate and human' artist is a 'great minor master.'"



AB Bookman's Weekly, September 19, 1988, review of Richard Serra, pp. 1018-1019.

Apollo, March, 1987, Denys Sutton, "Unfamiliar Territory," pp. 241-242.

Library Journal, February 15, 1986, Paula A. Baxter, review of Auguste Rodin: Drawings and Watercolors, p. 175; August, 1988, Jack Perry Brown, review of Richard Serra, p. 152; October 1, 1991, Jack Perry Brown, review of Paul Klee: Dialogues with Nature, p. 98; March 1, 1992, Paula Frosch, review of Matisse: Drawings and Sculpture, p. 89.

Observer (London, England), November 17, 1985, Bernard Levin, "One Degree Under," p. 31.

Times Literary Supplement, April 3, 1992, Norbert Lynton, "Klee's Divine Ego," p. 23; June 18, 1999, Merlin James, "The Colloquy of Shades," p. 20.

Tribune Books (Chicago, IL), December 8, 1991, review of Matisse, p. 11.

Wilson Library Bulletin, June, 1992, review of Matisse, p. 139.*