Willi is an original abstract painting which plays on the legacy of legendary German abstract artist Willi Baumeister.
Baumeister was a German abstract artist who was banned by the Third Reich. In 1937, his paintings were included in a Degenerate Art exhibition, and a ban on his art was instituted in 1941.
During this period, he became fascinated with pictographs and primitive mark-making techniques, an interest that surfaced in paintings such as “The Eidos Pictures” of the late 1930s and early 1940s, in which he used a language of visual codes and symbols.
Following World War II, Baumeister garnered greater professional success and exhibited his work extensively in Germany and abroad.