The painter and graphic artist Emil Schumacher (*1912, Westphalia - 1999, Ibiza) is considered one of the most important representatives of German Informel. Schumacher was a co-founder of the well-known artist group Junger Westen. Founded in Recklinghausen in 1948, the artists aimed to create new forms of expression that would relate to the Ruhr region and its industrial character. In addition to gestural painting, Schumacher worked with action painting, objects, collages, drawings, and graphic techniques such as etching. Schumacher won international prizes for his art, including the prize of the Japanese Minister of Culture on the occasion of the Vth Intenational Art Exhibition in Tokyo in 1959 and the Harry Graf Kessler Prize of the German Artists' Association in 1991.
In addition to Emil Schumacher, the representatives of the Informel include:Karel Appel, Peter Brüning, K.O. Götz, Hans Hartung, Bernard Schultze oder Antoni Tàpies.
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