Milo, who was born Emil Halbheer in Koblenz, Germany in
1910, died in 1978 in Dietikon, Switzerland, leaving behind
a comprehensive body of work.
In 1949 Milo opened a studio in La Garde-Freinet,
France, where he made his home for the summer months. He was
inspired by the wild beauty of the "Maures", a mountain
range on the Cote d'Azur. Milo's frequent theme was the
countryside in La Garde-Freinet with its ancient knotty
chestnut, cork oak and olive trees, and these he painted to
great effect with strong, lavish strokes of colour. His
landscapes breathe southern heat: tremulous air makes walls
and rocks glitter and disappear in the haze of a summer day.
In creating the urban motifs of Koblenz, his native
town, Milo used southern colour and light effects; an
atmosphere of serenity outlines these works of art, filled
with expressive romanticism. An intensely creative artist
who was intimately knowledgeable about his landscapes, Milo
was a poet of nature who painted with light as well as
colour. His numerous exhibitions met with steadily
increasing success, and in 1970 he was granted the Gold
Medal of the 'Grand Prix International de Provence'.
His technique is inspired by impressionism, from Fauvism
with its landscapes full of burning colours to expressionism
with its very metaphorical suggestions. With their common
lyrical abstraction, Milo's works have much in common with
the landscape presentations of Schmidt-Rotluff. Milo's
compositions can also be associated with those of Paul
Cezanne, the master of post impressionism.
Among the distinctive characteristics of Milo's work is
the art of simplified reproduction of the subject by
abstraction, while at the same time maintaining a
well-balanced, harmonic composition. He shows a profound
view of nature dominated by abundant colour, reminiscent of
Pablo Picasso, an artist who in his later years also worked
Milo's works are widely accepted and esteemed, as
evidenced by numerous exhibitions in Switzerland,
France, Germany and Canada - tributes to an artist whom
the critics call the "worthy successor of Picasso".
Bel Art Gallery is proud to be the exclusive
representative for Milo's paintings.
Bel Art Gallery,
2171 Deep Cove Rd, North Vancouver, BC, V7G 1S8 Ph.