who was born Emil Halbheer in Koblenz, Germany in 1910, died
in 1978 in Dietikon, Switzerland, leaving behind a comprehensive
body of work.
At the age of twenty, Milo moved to his father's hometown of
Zurich, Switzerland, and was educated as a painter and graphic
artist at the School of Arts and Crafts, where his lecturers
included Oskar Weiss, Oskar Dalvit and Franz Fromme.
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.
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'.
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.
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 in Provence.
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
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