Vom Bauhaus zum Mittelmeer
Born in Lüneburg in 1910, Jean Leppien went to the Dessauer Bauhaus in the end of the 1920s, there he became a student of Kandinsky and Albers. After an interim stay in Berlin, he migrated to Paris in 1933, thus fleeing the National Socialists. After the occupation of the French capital, he fled to southern France, where in 1944 he was eventually caught and condemned to fifteen years for being a member of the French resistance.
His works, which were created up to 1945, were either lost or destroyed during this period. Due to these events, Leppien did not ever return to Germany, but instead lived and worked from then on in Paris and on the Cote dʼAzur. In 1946, he turned his focus entirely to painting. Up until the end of his life, in 1991, a comprehensive painterly of his work was created, which is just as much of a part of the abstract painting of his Bauhaus teachers, as the post-war tendencies of the École de Paris.
This publication was published on the occasion of the exhibition, under the same name, from June, 16 to September, 22 of 2013 in the Hamburger Kunsthalle.