Walter Besteher

Berlin 1887 – Stuttgart 1962

Musician, painter, draughtsman, poet. Studied in Berlin. In 1905 he encountered theosophy and mazdaznan and joined the expressionist circle around Herwarth Walden in Berlin. 1910 member of Neue Sezession Berlin. Friendship with Gabrielle Münter and Wassily Kandinsky. 1920 joined anthroposophical society and moved to Dornach. 1937 was by nazi authorities forced to move back to Germany. He lived in seclusion in Stuttgart and after WWII he co-founded Arbeitskreis anthroposophischer bildender Künstler. From his expressionistic and abstract orphist beginnings he develloped his own „Other modernity“ based on fusion of meditative mood landscapes together with enigmatical faces and colour rhythmic plans.

Literature: Reinhold Fäth, David Voda (eds.), Aenigma. One Hundred Years of Anthroposophical Art. Arbor vitae, Prague 2015.



Four abstract drawings
Inventory number: r0002-r0005
Size: 164 × 96, 164 × 95, 170 × 112, 224 × 144 mm
Material: paper, pencil
Period: anthroposophical style
Country of origin: Germany
Year made: 1920
Status: available
Price: 309 eur

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Orphic composition
Inventory number: r0006
Size: 216 × 138 mm
Material: paper, coloured inks
Period: anthroposophical style
Country of origin: Germany
Year made: 1920
Status: available
Price: 209 eur

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Sketch-book
Inventory number: r0007
Size: 255 × 222 mm
Material: sketch-book, coloured pencils
Period: anthroposophical style
Country of origin: Germany
Year made: 1937
Status: unavailable



Landscape-Face
Inventory number: r0008
Size: 362 × 412 mm
Material: paper, watercolour
Period: anthroposophical style
Country of origin: Germany
Year made: 1945
Status: unavailable


Landscape with moon
Inventory number: r0009
Size: 135 × 206 mm
Material: paper, blue ink
Period: anthroposophical style
Country of origin: Germany
Year made: 1947
Status: available
Price: 99 eur

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Three mountain landscapes
Inventory number: r0010-r0012
Size: 112 × 155 mm
Material: paper, blue ink
Period: anthroposophical style
Country of origin: Germany
Year made: 1948
Status: available
Price: 199 eur

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Face
Inventory number: r0013
Size: 703 × 390 mm
Material: paper, watercolour
Period: anthroposophical style
Country of origin: Germany
Year made: 1957
Status: unavailable


Triptychon-Face
Inventory number: r0014
Size: 720 × 485 mm

Material: paper, watercolour

Period: anthroposophical style

Country of origin: Germany

Year made: 1957

Status: unavailable




Triptychon Karmin-Rot

Inventory number: r0015
Size: 700 × 487 mm

Material: paper, watercolour
Period: anthroposophical style
Country of origin: Germany

Year made: 1961

Status: available
Price: 1999 eur

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