Walter Schulz-Matan counts among the most outstanding representatives of New Objectivity and Magic Realism. Born in the Thuringian town Apolda in 1889, Walter Schulz-Matan at first learned the trade of a decoration painter. After World War I Walter Schulz-Matan turned to the circle of Munich avant-garde artists and created works in the verist style of New Objectivity, before he eventually approached Magic Realism, a style tendency with New Objectivity. All in line with the principles of Magic Realism, verist and fantastic elements merge in paintings by Walter Schulz-Matan, which is why his landscapes, interior- and street scenes often show dream-like and menacing mental states, the effect is even increased by the gloomy, hazy and cloudy light atmosphere. The expressive artworks by Walter Schulz-Matan have been in the focus of many exhibitions, among others, in the 'Museum im Kulturspeicher' Würzburg (2003) or just recently in the Glockenmuseum Apolda (2009/2010).