E 206. 1955. Tempera on canvas. Dornacher/Geiger 153. Verso signed. Verso of stretcher once more signed, as well as dated, inscribed with the work number, the dimensions, direction arrows and further information . 75 x 85 cm (29.5 x 33.4 in).
PROVENANCE: Formerly in a Swiss private collection.
"What matters to me is the color, just the color and its perceptibility" says Rupprecht Geiger about the main intention of his art (quote after: Künstler. Kritisches Lexikon der Gegenwartskunst, Munich 1988/92, p. 3)
Rupprecht Geiger‘s paintings with reduced forms from the 1950s and the early 1960s count among his most sought-after works on the international auction market since the spectacular sales at Christie's in New York (March 2007) and Sotheby's in London (July 2008). Next to the rectangular forms, the celebrated protagonist of German Color Field Painting also put the circle as a symbol for concentration at the center of his creation. Through subtle color modulations he creates meditative color spaces. Contrary to the later creations, which are kept in neon colors, the palette in 1955 was still dominated by a warm red and subdued shades of blue that spread across the canvas in this work in soft modulation while the merging color fields shine in spherical light. [EL]