My name is CHRISTIAN BAHR and I’m a contemporary German painter and draftsman for more than 30 years, with worldwide sales and with national and international exhibitions. My atmospheric, aesthetic painting is poetry and fight at the same time. I use an expressionistic, partly abstract, gestural picture language and prefer an expressive and powerful painting hand. My complex oeuvre contains several hundreds of paintings (mostly large-sized) and also numberless body studies, drawings and illustrations. My works are to be found in private collections in the United States, China, Canada, Mexico, Great Britain, Australia, Germany, Poland, Ukraine and Belarus.
I work in my studio nearby the rough North Sea and the big waterfront city Hamburg. I’m a seeker as a painter, in search of answers, and the single human takes center stage. I treat my painting seriously and with ambition, passion and discipline. I have a clear and strong painting philosophy. And I deal with philosophical, mythological as well as with historical subjects.
The following sites describe in word and picture what moves me as a painter and draftsman. Various galleries show a representative overview. Additionally, I explain my motivation as a painter and my thoughts about art. Thank you for your interest in my painting.
1/ QUINTILI VARE, LEGIONES REDDE! – QUINCTILIUS VARUS, GIVE ME BACK MY LEGIONS! 2013. 120 x 100 cm. oil and acrylic on canvas
Quinctilius Varus, give me back my legions! (ex Sueton: De vita Caesarum). In 9 CE Germanic tribes, headed by Arminius (Hermann) of the Cherusci, annihilate three Roman legions under the command of Publius Quinctilius Varus. A betrayal, an ambuscade, a bloodbath in the autumnal, foggy and rainy Teutoburg Forest for 4 days. Upon hearing of the defeat, the Emperor Augustus was so shaken that he stood butting his head against the walls of his palace, repeatedly shouting: “Quintili Vare, legiones redde!“ (Quinctilius Varus, give me back my legions!). Never again Romans attempted to conquer Germania territory east of the Rhine river and – unique in Roman history – the three legion numbers were not used again by the Romans.
2/ LIKE A FORTRESS, BEFORE LIGHT WILL CORRUPT OUR DAY. 2012. 120 x 100 cm. oil and acrylic on canvas