Mo V is one of the last paintings that Baumeister made before his untimely death in 1955. In the 1930s and 1940s, faced with an exhibition prohibition under National Socialism, Baumeister continued to exhibit his paintings abroad. Unlike many artists of his generation, Baumeister remained in Germany throughout the second world war in the face of political discrimination, relegation and isolation. Baumeister had had the unique opportunity to continue a vigorous development of his artistic practice from the confines of a paint factory owned by the progressive entrepreneur Kurt Herberts in Wuppertal. Baumeister’s practice flourished in the postwar years, taking on a markedly optimistic tone as the artist developed his distinctly personal lexicon of playful, uninhibited abstraction, which amounted to the most important works of his rich and prolific career. "During the last years Baumeister was more independent and inventive than ever before. There was not a sign that he was over sixty; indeed his vitality and intellectual activity had increased" (Ibid, p. 142). This surreal and weightless composition attests to the vitality and optimism of the artist’s final years.
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