Walter Gramatté

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Walter Gramatté: Self Portrait with Red Moon, 1926

Walter Gramatté (8 January 1897 in Berlin – 9 February 1929 in Hamburg) was a German expressionist painter who specialized in magic realism. He often painted with a mystical view of nature.

Walter Gramatté died on 9 February 1929 of Intestinal Tuberculosis.


His second wife Sonia married again, was then named Sophie Carmen Eckhardt-Gramatté and lived in Canada as a renowned musician. To remember her and her former husband Walter Gramatté „The Eckhardt-Gramatté-Foundation" was established in Winnipeg, Canada.

Walter Gramatté's written posthumous works are preserved in the German National Museum.

A special exhibition of his paintings, titled Rediscovered: Walter Gramatté 1897-1929, took place in Hamburg Ernst Barlach Haus from 26 October 2008 to 1 February 2009. This exhibition was organized by Kirchner Museum in Davos, Switzerland and the Ernst Barlach Haus in Hamburg, Germany.


Tired Flower Girl (Sonja) c.1920
  • The Patient with the Flowers (1918)
  • The Rebel. Café Scene with Stick (1918)
  • Robert at the Theatre (1918)
  • Even under Trees (1921)
  • Tired Flower Girl I (Private collection)
  • Even with Broken Eyes (1922)


Gramatté's work is displayed in the Germanisches Nationalmuseum (German National Museum).


  • Claus Pese: Mehr als nur Kunst. Das Archiv für Bildende Kunst im Germanischen Nationalmuseum, Ostfildern-Ruit 1998 (Kulturgeschichtliche Spaziergänge im Germanischen Nationalmuseum, Bd.2), S.74-77.

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