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Sale: 361 / Post War/ Contemporary Art, Dec. 12. 2009 in Munich Lot 303

Gerhard Hoehme - Wohin? (Hommage à Fautrier)

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Oil on canvas
Hoehme 58-06. Multiple signed, dated, titled, inscribed and with several arrows indicating the direction on verso. 160 x 125 cm (62,9 x 49,2 in)
The painting is inscribed "dies Bild hat 3 Möglichkeiten zum Wohin?" on verso, this way teh author states that it can be observed from three different perspectives, leaving the decision up to the future owner.

PROVENANCE: Galerie Dr. Ursula Schurr, Stuttgart (with adhesive label on stretcher).
Private collection South Germany.

EXHIBITION: Deutscher Künstlerbund, Städtisches Museum Wiesbaden 1959 (with adhesive label on stretcher).
Interferenzen, Nassauischer Kunstverein, Städtisches Museum Wiesbaden 1961, cat. no
Große Kunstausstellung München, Haus der Kunst München 1962, cat. no. 143 (with adhesive label on stretcher).
Gerhard Hoehme, Städtische Kunstgalerie Bochum/Städtische Kunsthalle Mannheim/Kunstverein Freiburg im Breisgau 1964, cat. no. 13 (with adhesive label on stretcher).

Influenced by Wols, Fautrier and Dubuffet, Hoehme questions the sense of the panel and makes the color the picture’s motif. The color’s energy becomes the prime element in his creation, to which the picture’s format is also subordinate. His so-called ‘Borkenbilder‘ (Bark Pictures ) were made as of 1958, their clod-like color layers taking on organic forms. They call strong reminiscence of the bark of trees, which is the eponym of this series. The relief structure, attained by means of the pastose color application, makes for the object character of this actual panel. The color landscape, which allows more than one perspective, determines the picture’s content and effect. As this work with its potential perspectives shows, the observer should let himself be guided by the energy of the color. [SM].

Gerhard Hoehme
Wohin? (Hommage à Fautrier), 1958.
€ 20,000 / $ 22,600
€ 115,900 / $ 130.966

(incl. 22% surcharge)

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