Ludwig Mannhalter | Agora Gallery Represented Artist

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LUDWIG M A N N H A L T E R

530 West 25th Street, New York, NY


Ludwig Mannhalter is a Hungarian-born abstract painter, living and working in Bad Nauheim, Germany. His highly textured paintings are executed in the impasto style, which consists of applying thick layers of oil and acrylic paint, using only a palette knife. Added structure is conveyed through craquelure and occasional scratch marks from the spatula. In the tradition of tachiste artists, namely Nicolas de Staël, shapes are reduced to blocks of colors alluding to rudimentary landscapes and architectural views. Bold tones alternating with elegant grays and beiges fill rectangular chromatic fields of varying dimensions, creating a sense of dynamism and tension. Although influenced by Art Informel and the existential philosophy of Nietzsche, Mannhalter does not like to be boxed into a category and regards art as non-definable. Mannhalter studied architecture in Budapest and later moved to Germany, where he runs his family’s leather business. He has been painting abstract art for the past fifty years. His work has recently been exhibited at the RheinMain CongressCenter and the Kurhaus in Wiesbaden and will soon be on display at Danubius Hotel Gellert, in Budapest.


V I E W L U D W I G M A N N H A LT E R O N A G O R A G A L L E RY


No. 57, 2021 Oil on Canvas 15.5” x 12” $ 1 0 5 0 – B U Y O N A RT-M I N E.C O M


No. 52, 2021 Oil on Canvas 27.5” x 19.5” $ 1 8 0 0 – B U Y O N A RT-M I N E.C O M


No. 26, 2017 Oil on Canvas 19.5” x 23.5” $ 1 6 5 0 – B U Y O N A RT-M I N E.C O M


No. 48, 2020 Oil on Canvas 19.5” x 27.5” $ 1 8 0 0 – B U Y O N A RT-M I N E.C O M


No. 50, 2020 Oil on Canvas 19.5” x 27.5” $ 1 8 0 0 – B U Y O N A RT-M I N E.C O M


No. 36, 2020 Acrylic on Canvas 19.5” x 27.5” $ 1 8 0 0 – B U Y O N A RT-M I N E.C O M


No. 9, 2021 Acrylic, Oil & Mixed Media on Canvas 27.5” x 27.5” $ 2 1 0 0 – B U Y O N A RT-M I N E.C O M


No. 11, 2021 Oil on Canvas 39” x 19.5” $ 2 2 0 0 – B U Y O N A RT-M I N E.C O M


No. 4, 2021 Oil on Canvas 31.5” x 23.5” $ 2 1 0 0 – B U Y O N A RT-M I N E.C O M


No. 12, 2021 Oil on Canvas 39” x 19” $ 2 2 0 0 – B U Y O N A RT-M I N E.C O M


No. 7, 2021 Collage & Mixed Media on Canvas 35.5” x 23.5” $ 2 2 5 0 – B U Y O N A RT-M I N E.C O M


No. 5, 2021 Acrylic, Oil & Mixed Media on Canvas 35.5” x 27.5” $ 2 4 0 0 – B U Y O N A RT-M I N E.C O M


No. 15, 2013 Oil & Mixed Media on Canvas 31.5” x 39” $ 2 6 5 0 – B U Y O N A RT-M I N E.C O M


No. 13, 2021 Oil on Canvas 27.5” x 19.5” $ 1 8 0 0 – B U Y O N A RT-M I N E.C O M


No. 3, 2021 Oil on Canvas 19.5” x 27.5” $ 1 8 0 0 – B U Y O N A RT-M I N E.C O M


No. 10, 2021 Oil on Canvas 39” x 27.5” $ 2 5 0 0 – B U Y O N A RT-M I N E.C O M


No. 2, 2021 Oil on Canvas 19.5” x 27.5” $ 1 8 0 0 – B U Y O N A RT-M I N E.C O M


No. 1, 2020 Oil on Canvas 19.5” x 27.5” $ 1 8 0 0 – B U Y O N A RT-M I N E.C O M


No. 16, 2021 Acrylic, Oil & Mixed Media on Canvas 39” x 31.5” $ 2 6 5 0 – B U Y O N A RT-M I N E.C O M


No. 6, 2021 Acrylic, Oil & Mixed Media on Canvas 39” x 31.5” $ 2 6 5 0 – B U Y O N A RT-M I N E.C O M


No. 14, 2021 Acrylic, Oil & Mixed Media on Canvas 39” x 39” $ 2 9 5 0 – B U Y O N A RT-M I N E.C O M



Fluctuating between the representational and the abstract, I paint landscapes by reducing complex forms to square and rectangular shapes of varying dimensions. Working exclusively with a palette knife, I apply heavy pastose layers of oil and acrylic paint, creating a rough surface interrupted by occasional scratches and craquelure. I achieve tension and dynamism in my work, by constructing overlapped or adjacent blocks of densely saturated color. As I paint, I let myself be guided by my impulses, without following any pre-established patterns. I draw inspiration from the spontaneity of Art Informel and the raw simplicity of Matterism, letting myself be guided solely by my impulses, without following any pre-established patterns.


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