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Subtitle: Fritz Krampe, a painter’s life in Africa
Editor: Peter Strack
Windhoek, Namibia, 2007
ISBN 9789991640709 / ISBN 978-99916-40-70-9
Softcover, dustjacket, 181 pages, 22x24 cm, over 180 pictures, 1 folded reprint of a painting
Fritz Krampe, a restless spirit and possessed by wanderlust, has probably roamed the wide open spaces of Africa like no other artist before him. He left behind a comprehensive oeuvre with his interpretations of impressions gained through observation. All his life he made every effort to experience the true essence of untouched nature, its wild animals roaming freely and to seek encounters with the still unspoilt peoples of South West Africa.
For him no distance was too great, no mountain too high, but also no hut too humble or an observation in the wilds too dangerous when it came to assuaging his adventurous desire to experience the unspoilt. If India was meant to be his fate, then Africa became his destiny. It was in Africa where he reached the pinnacle of his artistic development. After collecting and accumulating such an abundance of pictorial documentation, letters, diary entries, a bold attempt is made to establish a well-rounded picture of Fritz Krampe's life and work.
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