Louise Stomps

Louise Stomps (1900–1988) left behind an impressive sculptural œuvre but it has rarely been exhibited since her death. She was moved all her life by human suffering and defenceless animals. These were key themes in her work, spanning a career from the end of the 1920s until the late 1980s. Her sculpture evolved over the course of these decades away from the classical figure towards abstract figuration.

Stomps first experienced professional success in the early 1930s, before Nazi cultural policy crushed the artistic freedom of the Weimar years. She resumed her sculptural work after the Second World War and urged: “Be open to the new and take modern art with its indescribable freshness and nonchalance as your compass for a new era.” Her abstract figurations never lost their human reference.

In 2021 Das Verborgene Museum put on the first retrospective for Louise Stomps, hosted by the Berlinische Galerie and featuring some 90 sculptures.

Find out more about the artist on the website (archive) of Das Verborgene Museum