Sale: 429 / Post War / Contemporary Art, Dec. 04./05. 2015 in Munich Lot 906

 
906
Otto Piene
Wave of Darkness, 1964.
Oil
Estimate:
€ 300,000 / $ 330,000
Sold:
€ 625,000 / $ 687.500

(incl. 25% surcharge)
Lot description
Wave of Darkness. 1964.
Oil, fire and smoke on canvas.
Signed, dated, titled and inscribed as well as with artist's on stretcher. 121 x 150 cm (47.6 x 59 in).

PROVENANCE: Galerie Röhrl, Mönchengladbach.
Private collection Rhineland.

Essay
The destructive element fire is used as a creative force in Otto Piene's art. Piene adds a "proper" color, as "the color's vibration is able to communicate itself to the observer through its continuity in a calm and therefore sustainable manner. The purer the color, the more sensitive it gets and has an ability to absorb and transport even the slightest waves." (quote after: ex. cat. Mack-Piene-Uecker, Kestner-Gesellschaft Hanover, 7 May - 7 June, 1965, p. 107). The vibrancy of the rich red underlines the billowy black smoke formation. The whole image pulsates, swings and vibrates, it becomes an optical source of energy.
906
Otto Piene
Wave of Darkness, 1964.
Oil
Estimate:
€ 300,000 / $ 330,000
Sold:
€ 625,000 / $ 687.500

(incl. 25% surcharge)