Otto Sammer: The artist
One of the fundamental characteristics of Sammer’s oeuvre is the fact that he was not limited to one particular style or medium. As he was always on the move, he was open to new currents which he interpreted with his own creative touch. He found inspiration on numerous trips abroad as well as, of course, in Passau. Sammer’s versatility can be seen not only in his choice of subjects but also in his choice of techniques. In addition to his natural scenes, his work became increasingly abstract under the influence of Wassily Kandinsky and Paul Klee. The different phases of his artistic development can be seen in the Hotel Weisser Hase’s collection. A lot of Sammer’s work is inspired by Tachism, from the French ‘tache’, meaning ‘splash’, a style characterised by an eruption of amorphous splashes of colour which emerged in the 1940s. In the spirit of Tachism, although motifs can be recognised in the composition of images, the impression of fragmentation resulting from subconscious creation cannot be escaped.