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Sale: 425 / Post War / Contemporary Art, June 12./13. 2015 in Munich Lot 808

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Urzeitgestalten. 1947.
Oil with synthetic resin on light board, on wood.
Beye/Baumeister 1307. Grohmann 953 (there with title 'Urzeitgestalten V'). Signed and dated '4.47' lower left. Verso inscribed by a hand other than that of the artist. 40 x 64.5 cm (15.7 x 25.3 in). [JS].

PROVENANCE: Private collection Northern Germany.
Frankfurter Kunstkabinett Hanna Bekker vom Rath, Frankfurt a. M.
Marlborough Fine Art Ltd., London.
Private collection.
Roman Norbert Ketterer, Campione d´Italia (verso with old label of Stuttgarter Kunstkabinett, there with number '26').
Galleria Henze, Campione d´Italia.
Galerie Dorn, Stuttgart.
Galerie Schönewald & Beuse, Krefeld/Galerie Braunbehrens, Munich.
Private collection North Rhine-Westphalia.

EXHIBITION: Willi Baumeister - Gemälde, Zeichnungen, Grafik. Frankfurt a. M., Frankfurter Kunstkabinett Hanna Bekker vom Rath, 4 August - 12 September, 1961, cat. no. 11, with illu.

LITERATURE: Moderne Kunst IX, Roman Norbert Ketterer, Campione d´Italia 1976, no. 5, with color illu.
Moderne Kunst. Gemälde, Skulpturen, Aquarelle, Zeichnungen, Druckgrafik, catalog 29, Galleria Henze Campione d`Italia, 1983, cat. no. 39, with color illu.

Baumeister began to show interest in structures that would make for a loosened and vivid surface as early as in the 1930s. Just as it is the case with this painting, the surface becomes a medium for an almost linear drawing that seems to stray about the pictorial ground. Primeval associations are evoked, a phenomenon that Baumeister uses as basic theme of many his work cycles. Casually arranged forms and color fields emanate a merry weightlessness that leaves a lot of freedoom for association. Associations with musical tempi are characteristic of Baumeister and many his colleagues from the days of the 'Informel'. With great aplomb, primeval ideas are clad with burlesque features, delivering it from all severity. The subtle humor that is part of this composition finds its analogy in the playful way that the figures seem to dance about the composition.
Willi Baumeister
Urzeitgestalten, 1947.
€ 80,000 / $ 96,000
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