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Norbert Tadeusz is one of the most important representatives of figurative art of the contemporary. He was born in Dortmund in 1940, where he studied free art at the school of arts and crafts Dortmund. Later, he studied at Staatliche Kunstakademie Dusseldorf. His teacher Joseph Beuys made him his master student. Nobert Tadeusz lectured at Staatliche Kunstakademie Dusseldorf at Staatliche Akademie der Bildenden Künste Karlsruhe and at Hochschule der Künste Berlin. Norbert Tadeusz was awarded the Förderpreis des Kulturkreises im Bundesverband der Deutschen Industrie as well as the Villa-Romana-Prize.

  • Born: 19 February 1940
  • Died: 11 July 2011
  • Place of birth: Dortmund, North Rhine-Westphalia
  • Nationality: German 
  • Studied at: Werkkunstschule Dortmund, Staatliche Kunstakademie Düsseldorf
  • Teachers: Gustav Deppe, Gerhard Hoehme, Joseph Fassbender, Joseph Beuys
  • Era: Contemporary Art
  • Stylistic direction: figurative art


Norbert Tadeusz prices

Artist: Title: Price: Type: Size: Edition: Handsigned: Numbered: Date:
Norbert Tadeusz o.T. Mann betrachtet Akt 390 Euro Original print 23.6 x 31.5 in limited edition of 100 yes no 03.07.2019
Norbert Tadeusz o.T. Atelierszene 390 Euro Original print 31.5 x 23.6 in limited edition of 100 yes no 03.07.2019
Norbert Tadeusz Rückenakt 2900 Euro Unique 22.6 x 19.7 in   no no 03.07.2019
Norbert Tadeusz Viola Blau 2950 Euro Unique 39 x 55.1 in   yes no 03.07.2019
Norbert Tadeusz Calla-Pape SW 2690 Euro Original print 55.9 x 43.3 in   yes no 03.07.2019
Norbert Tadeusz Glastisch mit Blumen I 790 Euro Original print 16.5 x 24.8 in limited edition of 88 yes no 03.07.2019
Norbert Tadeusz Anthurien B 3590 Euro Original print 55.1 x 39.4 in   yes no 03.07.2019
Norbert Tadeusz Pferde in Rot 2120 Euro Original print 19.3 x 55.1 in limited edition of 30 yes yes 03.07.2019
Norbert Tadeusz Santa Lucia (Übermalung) 3360 Euro Unique 55.1 x 28 in   yes no 03.07.2019
Norbert Tadeusz Flügel (Übermalung) 3100 Euro Unique 39.4 x 27.6 in   yes no 03.07.2019
Norbert Tadeusz Atelier 2900 Euro Original print 39 x 55.1 in limited edition of 30 yes yes 03.07.2019



Norbert Tadeusz was born in Dortmund on February 19, 1940. When his plans to become a stonemason failed, he first began an apprenticeship as a decorator at Hertie. There a graphic designer recognized his artistic talent and advised him to pursue this career. In 1960, Tadeusz was finally accepted at the Werkkunstschule in Dortmund with his submitted works and studied free painting there for a year with the abstract painter Gustav Deppe.

In 1961 he moved to the State Art Academy in Düsseldorf, which at that time was considered the "Mecca" of the abstract avant-garde. With academy teachers influenced by Art Informel, such as Gerhard Hoehme, Joseph Fassbender and Joseph Beuys, Tadeusz often found himself alone with his conception of art. Thus, contrary to all contemporary trends, he had devoted himself to figurative painting. During his training, he is said to have replied only to the sayings of his fellow students, including Richter, Polke, and Palermo: "I'm not an artist, I'm a painter!" This adherence to his own principles was to make him one of the most important representatives of figurative painting in the years that followed. Thus he did not allow himself to be carried away by the wave of abstraction and developed his own artistic style. In 1966 he finally finished his studies.

In the same year, one of his first exhibitions ended prematurely because his provocative depiction of female nudes was considered too offensive, and as a result the police stormed the exhibition. Since he was initially unable to celebrate any great success with his art, he pursued various smaller activities. He designed a carnival float for the Düsseldorf carnival parade or worked as a waiter before he could live from his paintings.

In 1970 Tadeusz lived for some time on the island of Elba in the Mediterranean. There he found in the Italian culture a source of inspiration for his work, which he used again and again later. His second stay in Italy in 1983 in Florence was to reinforce these influences. In addition to the clear references to the artists of the Italian Renaissance, he also quoted other old masters or modern contemporaries in his works. 

Between 1973 and 1981 Norbert Tadeusz was a lecturer in painting and from 1981 to 1888 a professor at the State Academy of Art in Düsseldorf. In addition, his works were made accessible to a broad public in 1981 in a first large and important solo exhibition entitled 'Paintings 1960-1980' at the Museum am Ostwall. From 1988 to 1991 Tadeusz taught as a professor at the Hochschule der Künste in Berlin and then moved to the Hochschule für Bildende Künste in Braunschweig until 2003.

He lived and worked in Castelnuovo d`Elsa (Italy) and in Düsseldorf, where he died on July 11, 2011. His wife, the painter Petra Lemmerz, has been managing his estate ever since.



  • 30.09.2022 – 11.12.2022 Norbert Tadeusz ­– Ich male für die Ewigkeit - Städtische Galerie Lippstadt.
  • 15.09.2022 – 14.01.2023 MIX & MATCH - Pinakothek der Moderne, Munich.
  • 13.12.2021 – 26.02.2022 Sport, Spiel, Spaß – Kunsthalle Würth, Schwäbisch Hall.
  • 10.10.2021 – 23.01.2022 Art Vischering – Münsterlandmuseum Burg Vischering, Lüdinghausen.
  • 11.06.2021 – 22.08.2021 Einblicke - Kunst aus der National-Bank – MKM Museum Küppersmühle für Moderne Kunst, Duisburg.
  • 21.05.2021 – 22.08.2021 Himmelgeister. Norbert Tadeusz zum 10. Todestag - Mittelrhein-Museum, Koblenz.
  • 10.05.2020 - 02.08.2020 NORBERT TADEUSZ - LWL-Museum für Kunst und Kultur, Münster.
  • 29.08.2019 - 02.02.2020 Norbert Tadeusz - Kunstpalast, Düsseldorf.
  • 26.05.2019 - 09.06.2019 IN MEMORIAM – Fuhrwerkswaage Kunstraum, Cologne.
  • 13.12.2017 - 17.02.2018 STRANGE BEAUTY - Beck & Eggeling International Fine Art, Vienna.
  • 11.07.2015 - 15.11.2015 Norbert Tadeusz. Materie und Gedächtnis - 30 Jahre Malerei - Museum für Aktuelle Kunst - Sammlung Hurrle, Durbach.
  • 17.11.2013 - 06.01.2014 Norbert Tadeusz - Die Wirklichkeit ist, wie sie ist - Kunstverein Ulm.
  • 07.09.2012 - 05.10.2012 Norbert Tadeusz. Paintings - Schönewald Fine Arts, Dusseldorf.
  • 06.08.2011 - 23.11.2011 Hommage à Norbert Tadeusz - Kunstmuseum Bochum.
  • 21.05.2011 - 24.06.2011 Norbert Tadeusz - Aquarelle und Zeichnungen 1960-1969 - Schönewald Fine Arts, Dusseldorf.
  • 06.05.2010 - 29.08.2010 Norbert Tadeusz - Arbeiten auf Papier - Pinakothek der Moderne, Munich.
  • 09.09.2009 - 01.11.09 Joseph Beuys und seine Schüler - Werke aus der Sammlung Deutsche Bank - SSM - Sakip Sabanci Museum, Istanbul.
  • 04.09.2009 - 31.10.2009 Norbert Tadeusz: Dunkle Begleiter. Schattenbilder 1965-2009 - Galerie Wolfgang Gmyrek.
  • 14.12.2008 - 22.04.2009 Norbert Tadeusz - Gemälde 1978-2002 - Kunstsammlungen Chemnitz / Museum Gunzenhauser.



  • 1983: Villa-Romana-Prize, Florence.
  • 1978: Artprize of the artists, Dusseldorf.
  • 1971: Cultural Circle Award of the Federation of German Industries.



  • STUDIO: Works by Norbert Tadeusz, exhibition catalog, Bernhard Zünkeler (Publ.), Cologne 2015.
  • Norbert Tadeusz. Allegorische Opfer-Inkarnationen: eine neue Ikonografie moderner Religiosität, Inge Habig and Michaela Stoffels (Publ.), Schwerte 2011.
  • Norbert Tadeusz : Arbeiten auf Papier, exhibition catalog, Kupferstichkabinett Dresden (Publ.), Ostfildern 2010.
  • Time after time - Norbert Tadeusz zum 70., exhibition catalog, Mönchehaus-Museum Goslar (Publ.), Goslar 2010.
  • Norbert Tadeusz, dunkle Begleiter, dark companions: Schattenbilder 1965 - 2009, exhibition catalog, Wolfgang Gmyrek (Publ.), Bielefeld 2009.
  • Norbert Tadeusz: Gemälde 1978 - 2002, exhibition catalog, Ingrid Mössinger (Publ.), Bielefeld, Leipzig, 2008.
  • Norbert Tadeusz - Elementar, exhibition catalog, Beatrice Lavarini (Publ.), Munich 2005.
  • Norbert Tadeusz - von oben, d'en haut, from up above, exhibition catalog, Beate Reifenscheid (Publ.), Koblenz 2004.
  • Norbert Tadeusz, exhibition catalog, Joachim Stracke (Publ.), Bönen 2004.