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Sale: 437 / Post War I, Dec. 10. 2016 in Munich Lot 822

 
Lot description
Einer und Viele (Un dans la foule). 1961.
Oil on canvas.
Verso signed and with information and an arrow regarding the direction. Titled on stretcher. 110.3 x 95.5 cm (43.4 x 37.5 in).

Variation of the bracket theme in strong colors.

PROVENANCE: Galerie Dieter Brusberg, Berlin.
Galleria Schwarz, Milan (with gallery label on stretcher and on rear of the frame).
Private collection England.

EXHIBITION: Konrad Klapheck, Galerie Rudolf Zwirner, Essen, 1962 (with illu. in folding brochure).
Konrad Klapheck, Kestner-Gesellschaft, Hanover, 1966/67, cat. no. 76.
Alternative attuali 3, Rassegna internazionale d´arte contemporanea, Castello spagnolo, L´Aquila 1968 (with exhibition label on rear of frame).
Galerie Michael Haas, Berlin (with exhibition label on rear of frame).
Schönwald Fine Arts, Düsseldorf (with exhibition label on rear of frame).

Essay
"Even though I was not looking for the past, I realized that my machine pictures helped me to rediscover the past and to cope with the problems of the presence. Every felicitous picture had another one underneath it, one that gave the picture on the surface meaning. I decided to conceive a whole system of machine themes and to write my biography." (Konrad Klapheck). Inspired by Durer's and Holbein's detailed works, the Dusseldorf artist combined traditional painting with new themes and mechanic motifs in his works. For Klapheck typewriters and sewing machines, phones, irons and, as it is the case in this work, bicycle bells, as well as shoetrees and water-taps reflect the mental nature of man. In the course of the painting process, the details of construction turn into attributive interior forms that indicate ambiguities of male and female principles.
822
Konrad Klapheck
Einer und Viele (Un dans la foule), 1961.
Oil on canvas
Estimate:
€ 100,000 / $ 120,000
Sold:
€ 162,500 / $ 195.000

(incl. 25% surcharge)
 


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