Publications about Erwin Bowien

Erwin Bowien was a painter, but also a writer. With his writings and diary entries, he left behind an extensive written oeuvre, which, unfortunately, still largely awaits evaluation and discovery. Except for his war diary "Les Heures perdues du Matin," published by French publisher L´Harmattan, and his autobiography, edited by his master student Bettina Heinen-Ayech with the support of Freundeskreis Erwin Bowien e.V., to date only a few essays and short stories have been published in the association's newsletter. His biography and his painterly work, meanwhile, have received recognition in several publications.

Dr. Haroun Ayech


  • Dresia, Hansjakob: "Erwin Johannes Bowien", an introduction to the painter's work with 8 black and white reproductions, Solingen


  • Anonymous: "Erwin Johannes Bowien, 60 years", catalog for the exhibition of the German Blade Museum Solingen from January 17 to February 28, 1960


  • Heinen, Hanns: "From the fullness of life, poems by Hanns Heinen", edited by Bettina Heinen-Ayech, Solingen, with numerous illustrations by Erwin Bowien


  • Pesch, Hans Karl: "Erwin Bowien", a monograph with contributions in English and French, as well as 13 color and 33 black and white illustrations, edited by Bettina Heinen-Ayech, Solingen


  • Pesch, Hans Karl: "The life, the essence, the work of Erwin Bowien (1899 Mülheim / Ruhr - 1972 Weil am Rhein)", catalog for the exhibition of the Stadtsparkasse Solingen "E. Bowien, Holland 1931-1942 ”from September 16 to October 16, 1986
  • Dietz, A: "Erwin Bowien, the master with the pastel pencil", in: Das Markgräflerland, 1986, p. 200 ff.


  • Millies, Diana: "Erwin Bowien, portraits and portraits of Solingen citizens", catalog for the exhibition of Stadtsparkasse Solingen "E. Bowien, portraits and portraits of Solingen citizens" from September 10 to October 4, 1991


  • Bowien, Erwin: "The beautiful game between the spirit and the world - my life as a painter", autobiography with 16 color and 26 black and white illustrations, published by the Freundeskreis Erwin Bowien and Bettina Heinen-Ayech with special collaboration from Ulrike Friedrichs, ISBN 3-88234-101-7


  • Erwin Bowien (1899-1972): “List of works. Catalog Raisonné. Werkoverzicht ”, published by the Freundeskreis Erwin Bowien and Bettina Heinen-Ayech with special cooperation from Ulrike Friedrichs, ISBN 388234-103-3


  • Bowien, Erwin: „Heures perdues du Matin“, Journal d´un Artiste Peintre, Alpes Bavaroises, 9.IX.1944 – 10.V.1945. Adaptation, notice et notes par Bernard Zimmermann,  Verlag L´Harmattan, Paris. (ISBN 2-7475-0040-3)
  • Hofstätter, Hans and Hänel, Berthold: "The painters of the Markgräflerland", published by the district of Lörrach in the Schillinger Verlag, Freiburg 2000, ISBN 3-89155-349-1


  • Ott Erhard, and Würzner, Tobias: "The Kreuzthal on both sides of the Eschach. History - Houses", Buchenberger history book No. 4, published by the local history association Buchenberg e.V. 2007


  • Holzberger, Rudi: "The Adelegg. The dark heart of the Allgäu", Biberacher publishing house, 2009, ISBN 978-3-933614-50-6


  • Holzberger, Rudi: "Vanishing point in the Allgäu, fascination with Adelegg. Erwin Bowien in Kreuzthal", Adelegg Verlag, ISBN 978-3-00-042789-3


  • Museum district e.V. and city. Museum on Lindenplatz in Weil am Rhein (ed.): "Between Spirit and World. Erwin Bowien", accompanying brochure for the exhibition from October 13, 2013 to July 27, 2014, municipal museum on Lindenplatz, Weil am Rhein


  • Richard, Karl-Eduard and Gabriele (editor and translation from French): "Erwin Bowien: Lost Morning Hours", diary by an artist, 9.XI.1944-10.V.1945, self-published


  • van der Zee, Sytze: "Wij overleefden. De laatste ooggetuigen van de Duitse bezetting", Prometheus Verlag, Amsterdam 2019, ISBN 978-90-446 -3842-4