Orientierung II. 1971. Acrylic on canvas. Wendt 1971-10. Verso monogrammed, signed, dated, titled and inscribed "Paris". With arrow indicating the direction on stretcher. 160 x 160 cm (62.9 x 62.9 in).
The work will be included into the catalog raisonné of works by Günter Fruhtrunk, currently compiled by Dr. Silke Reiter, Günter Fruhtrunk Society, Munich.
PROVENANCE: Galerie Denise René, Paris (with gallery label on stretcher). Collection Branco Weiss, Switzerland. Privatecollection Hesse.
"Orientierung II" is among the first works in which Fruhtrunk gave up the exact delimitation of the color trails, giving the color a transparent character. What else is so unique in his oeuvre is the symmetric structure of the picture. With regards to the work series, Fruhtrunk told the architect Klaus Huneke, who remodeled his house in Périgny-sur-Yerres, that it was an "Experiment". The rhythm of lines and color fields successively unfolds in front of the observer's eye, evoking a permanent change of perception between front and background. Fruhtrunk shows color as an optical energy, this approach makes him a representative of Concrete art. [EL]