Louis G.N. Busman

Louis, Busman, painting, landscape, travelling, Wanderjahre, feinart berlin, 2024

Opening reception during CHARLOTTENWALK
Friday, 15.03. 18:00-21:00 | 19:00 Official introduction

Special opening hours during CHARLOTTENWALK
Saturday, 16.03. 12:00-19:00

Louis George Nicolas Busman was born 80 years ago in Maarssen, the Netherlands. "You always want to get away in order to come home again", the art historian, writer and critic Dr. Olav Münzberg quoted him in 1991 in the foreword to a catalogue entitled "Excursions". A modest title, because perhaps nothing has shaped Louis G.N. Busman's life more than travelling: Europe from Italy to Norway, from England to Hungary; Argentina, Chile and Peru, Panama, Guatemala, Mexico, USA, Canada, Japan, Hong-Kong, Thailand, Lebanon, Namibia, Morocco. 

In the year of the tenth anniversary of his death, the exhibition "Wanderjahre" (English "Travelling Years") is dedicated to the landscapes of this passionate painter. The various faces of his landscape paintings symbolise a longing for faraway places, adventure and freedom, but also something deeply inward and peaceful. As the eye wanders into a landscape, so it returns — "a cycle", writes Louis G.N. Busman. What does landscape mean to him? "Being able to take a deep breath." In every landscape there is a sense of wonder at existence and, on the other hand, introspection: "Point of self. Point of calm. Point of observation. Point of existence." The painter is included in his work by feeling and thinking.(1)

What does the viewer see in a water-soaked marshland full of lush tufts of drunken green grass (Esteros del Iberá, 2011), what do we hear in the spray-spitting surf that foams up in front of bare pebbles (West of British Columbia, 1997), what does the hollowed-out, fallow earth in the Lausitz open-cast mine smell like (Das Loch, 1991)? Louis G.N. Busman's paintings trace the sensual qualities of the natural environment, trying to grasp with colour and ductus what is as elementary as it is personal: light, freshness, dryness, coolness, the storm in the face, heat, thirst, loneliness, silence and noise. And it is always the viewer's gaze that flows into the body of a landscape.

"He is drawn into the world in order to find in the distant silence or in silent proximity that which touches his individual existence as a primal landscape. It is the elemental power of nature that he wants to feel, breathe, hear and see. He wants to discover the secret of its interior. That which has not been created by human hands and which it keeps hidden."(2)

Louis G.N. Busman, born in Maarssen, Netherlands, in 1944, studied at the Alkmaar Pedagogical Academy from 1960 to 1965 and, after a short period of teaching, at the Gerrit Rietveld Academy in Amsterdam from 1967. He moved to Berlin in 1971. He has been a member of the Verein Berliner Künstler since 1979, initiator of the group "Maler vor Ort" since 1986 and a member of the Deutscher Werkbund and Künstlersonderbund. In 2000 he was honoured with the ARAG Art Prize. His works are represented in numerous public and private collections, including the art collection of Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands. Louis G.N. Busman died in Berlin in 2014.


1 All quotations in the text from: Olav Münzberg. Rekonstruktionen eines Gefühls - Es gibt sowieso kein Jetzt - Bilder von Louis, in: Louis. Ausflüge, Berlin 1991, p. 5f.

2 Dr. Petra Lange about Louis G.N. Busman, in: Katalog ARAG-Kunstpreis 2000, S.2.