Ketterer Kunst Logo

Search Lots

Sale: 478 / Ketterer Contemporary, Dec. 08. 2018 in Munich Lot 741

Lot description
Ohne Titel. 2003.
Oil on canvas.
100 x 120 cm (39.3 x 47.2 in).

We are grateful to Prof. Karin Kneffel for her kind support in cataloging this lot.

PROVENANCE: Galerie Schönewald and Beuse, Düsseldorf (verso with the gallery label).
Private collection Berlin (acquired from aforementioned in 2004).

"In a way, art is a kind of lie. That explains why art can tell the truth about the world and life without competing with it. The picture's reality is one thing, life's reality another, there should not be any doubt about that."
Karin Kneffel, 2015, in an interview with the art critic Daniel J. Schreiber, quote from:

Called up: December 8, 2018 - ca. 15.34 h +/- 20 min.

As an advocate of figurative painting, Gerhard Richter's former master student began working on a series in the early 2000s in which she made poodles, Great Danes, terriers, labradors and Dalmatians in varying poses on different kinds of floor coverings her main motif. As simple as the content of these pictures may seem: Karin Kneffel's typical, lifelike reproductions of everyday objects in an almost photorealistic manner always conceals a thoughtfully conceived moment of uncertainty and irritation. The four-legged friends usually linger on the very edge of the artist's chosen image detail, so that the floor covering - whether ornamentally-ornate carpets or geometrical striking tiled floors – occupies most of the composition. The observer looks at this motif from a strange perspective - in half topview and at the same time with a clear image depth, the actual obeserver‘s point of view cannot be clearly defined. The visual content is an alienation of seemingly familiar motifs, an effect the artist realized through the moments of irritation which she creates with stylistic means of distortion, blurring and wiping. Through a strong focus on shapes, patterns and colors, the cute puppy looses its sappy connotation and is liberated from other associated emotions in order to function as a part of the ornamentation. In the work offered here, Karin Kneffel combines the randomly set dark points of the running Dalmatian with the strictly symmetrical lozenges of the white-brown tiles. The artist demonstrates her ability to create a highly aesthetic and at the same time irritating, exciting picture with the help of a painting manner based on an unexcited realism and skilfully employed visual gimmicks. [CH]
Karin Kneffel
Ohne Titel, 2003.
Oil on canvas
€ 70,000 - 90,000

$ 80,500 - 103,500


More Images
Karin Kneffel - Ohne Titel - Frame image
Frame image
Karin Kneffel - Ohne Titel -
Karin Kneffel - Ohne Titel -
Similar objects on the international auction market
You might also be interested in
Buyer's premium, taxation and resale right apportionment for Karin Kneffel "Ohne Titel"
This lot can be purchased subject to differential or regular taxation.

Differential taxation:
Hammer prices up to € 500,000: 32 % buyer's premium
Hammer prices above € 500,000: for the share up to € 500,000: 32%, for the share above € 500,000: 27% buyer's premium
The buyer's premium contains VAT, however, it is not shown.

Regular taxation:
Hammer prices up to € 500,000: 25 % buyer's premium plus statutory sales tax Hammer prices above € 500,000: for the share up to € 500,000: 25%, for the share above € 500.000: 20% buyer's premium, each plus statutory sales tax

We kindly ask you to notify us before invoicing if you wish to be subject to regular taxation.

Resale right apportionment:
Objects made by artists who have not died at least 70 years ago are subject to a resale right apportionment of 1.5% plus statutory sales tax.
Karin Kneffel - lots sold by Ketterer Kunst