Sale: 437 / Post War I, Dec. 10. 2016 in Munich Lot 842

 
842
Günter Fruhtrunk
Reihe, 1963/64.
Casein
Estimate:
€ 40,000 / $ 46,800
Sold:
€ 75,000 / $ 87.750

(incl. 25% surcharge)
Lot description
Reihe. 1963/64.
Casein on canvas.
Gomringer/Imdahl/Sterner 140. Wendt 1963/64-06. Verso signed, monogrammed, titled and inscribed "Paris". With arrow indicating the direction and inscriptions in German in French on stretcher. 135 x 150 cm (53.1 x 59 in).

The work will be included into the ctalog raisonné of works by Günter Fruhtrunks, currently compiled by Dr. Silke Reiter, Günter Fruhtrunk Society, Munich.

PROVENANCE: Wolf-Armin Fruhtrunk (artist's son).
Private possession Paris.
Contemporary Art, auction 703, Lempertz, 3rd June 1994, lot 634.
Private collection Hesse.

EXHIBITION: Akademie, München, cat. no.30 (verso with hand-written label)
Kestnergesellschaft, Hanover 1969, cat. no. 6 (verso with the exhibition label).
Günther Fruhtrunk. Retrospektive, Neue Nationalgalerie, Berlin 5 February - 14 March 1993/ Westfälisches Landesmuseum, Münster 28 March - 9 May 1993/ Lenbachhaus, Munich 14 July - 5 September 1993, cat. no.12 (with color illu. on p.142) (verso with the exhibition label).
Galerie Denise René/ Hans Mayer, Krefeld (verso with the exhibition label).

Essay
The classic and strict compositions from Günther Fruhtrunk occupy a special position in German post-war art. Especially the artist's years in Paris, where Fruhtrunk was active between 1954 and 1966, were coined by his attempt to extravagate geometric abstraction. This is also the case with our work, in which the geometric image space gains momentum and is destabilized through the elements' diagonal shift. The stripes' rhythmical arrangement and the effect realized by color and light make for a special optical sensation, as the observer's eye tries to capture the coaction of the image's background and the various levels of depth. Fruhtrunk's works are unsentimental and factual and yet characterized by a deep emotionality. His visual worlds are an essential part of German Modernism after World War II.
842
Günter Fruhtrunk
Reihe, 1963/64.
Casein
Estimate:
€ 40,000 / $ 46,800
Sold:
€ 75,000 / $ 87.750

(incl. 25% surcharge)