Caroline von Grone:
Caroline von Grone
Capturing the moment
Caroline von Grone describes her approach, the "capturing and realizing of her subject matter in painting" as "detached distance of observation", an "elimination of processes of thinking in favour of those of observing".
Belinda Grace Gardner/Caroline von Grone, in Frisch gestrichen, 2005

Series (choice)
Ein paar Parkgesichter, 2016
Blick nach Osten, 2015
Himmelsleiter, 2011/2012
ColorSpacePortraits , 2011
Do You See Me? | Siehst Du Mich?, 2010


Galerie m Bochum, ColorSpacePortraits, February 2011

"Caroline von Grone finds her subjects through "observation", as she puts it, "without making them up". The 'finding' takes place via her razor-sharp perception as she meticulously notices even the tiniest details in all their brevity. But when she captures these brief moments, she preserves their vagueness and fleetingness - in contrast to her motionless models."

The artist works on site, no matter if it's a draughty subway station, a building lot in the neighbourhood, or her sitting-room. Especially everyday places and sceneries fascinate the artist. Over a longer period she documents the subtle changes with photos, sketches and paintings.

"Painting is the space occupied by Caroline von Grone which is comparable with neither optical perception nor photograhy. "What looks ununprepossessing in reality or flat in a photo can acquire enormous depth in a painting," says the artist, describing her intentions as "visual resarch".
(Claudia Herstatt in Frisch gestrichen, 2005)

Wilhelm Lehmbruck Museum, Ein paar Parkgesichter, 2016
Ein paar Parkgesichter

Painting project at the Wilhelm Lehmbruck Museums in Duisburg
18th of may bis 9th of june, 2016
For first information please click here.

artist talk between Caroline von Grone and Melanie Manchot (German)

Exhibition view Blick nach Osten | Looking East
Galerie m Bochum, 2015
Blick nach Osten

The new series Blick nach Osten (Looking East) records the view from a picture window in the painter’s studio – of the crown of a chestnut tree in front of the house opposite. Caroline von Grone observes the different seasons with their specific light and atmosphere.
The complete series of Blick nach Osten

Chiesa Luterana, Venedig, Human being – being framed, 2013
Human being – being framed

Caroline von Grone’s work for Venice includes an examination of sujets of the sacred past of the history of painting, even though the entire project deals with the present role of images in society.
As she will turn the exhibition space at Scuola dell’Angelo in Venicce into an open studio, she will collate various elements for her paintings. Information about Caroline von Grone’s new project Human being – being framed on her special website

Himmelsleiter Front Sonnenlicht, 2009
Oil on canvas, 4 parts, each 70,4 x 77 x 3,2 cm


Behind the poetic title „Himmelsleiter“(which can be translated as “Jacob’s Ladder” or also “Stairway to Heaven”) is the name of a widows’ housing estate built in 1948 in Kiel, which is slated for imminent demolition to make way for a profitable new housing development. The artist has occupied herself with this estate since 2008, painting it in various lighting conditions and seasons. From four perspectives and in three formats Caroline von Grone has documented the play of light across the facades, the landscape surrounding the buildings and the step-by-step demolation. In 2011/12 Galerie m Bochum has shown the project Himmelsleiter in a solo-exhibition.

Galerie m Bochum, 2009

To portray someone, for me means to reflect in a documentary way upon what really is, without excluding other possibilities.
Caroline von Grone

Von Grone’s works are as much a portrait of their maker as they are of their sitter; as much about distraction as attention. By painting portraits in the exact place where the results are displayed she collapses process into presentation, drawing time and space into the portrait.
Lisa Le Feuvre, 2010

mbb 5 (Herr Schumann), 2010, oil on canvas, 55 x 77 cm
Commissioned Portraits

Commissioned portraits can be realized in different ways. It is essential for Caroline von Grone to get in contact with the clients in order to develop their individual concept, setting and pose in close collaboration.
Please click here for examples of painted portraits.

Farbraumporträt (Clara), 2011
Oil on canvas, 4 parts, min. 94 x 107,5 cm
Portrait Events

In the course of portrait events, Caroline von Grone portrays different people at conceptually chosen and designed places. In 2008 Caroline von Grone began with a series of Portraits that picture the models in front of Galerie m Bochum’s characteristic windows. In 2010 she continued the series as part of the exhibition Do You See Me? | Siehst Du Mich? which dealt with portait in painting, film and photography.


Exceptional portrait events are the ColorSpacePortraits. The setting consists of a room which is filled with colorful draperies. The model itself arranges the draperies and locates the position in the room. In 2011 Caroline von Grone set up an atelier for ColorSpacePortraits at Galerie m Bochum.
You find a short film about the event at