Sale: 489 / Evening Sale, June 07. 2019 in Munich Lot 91

 
91
Willi Baumeister
Figurenlandschaft, 1942.
Oil
Estimate:
€ 60,000 / $ 66,000
Sold:
€ 62,500 / $ 68.750

(incl. 25% surcharge)
Lot description
Figurenlandschaft. 1942.
Oil with synthetic resion and filler on firm board and on fiberboard laminated with cardboard, laminated on panel in former times.
Beye/Baumeister 955. Signed and dated in lower right. 36 x 46 cm (14.1 x 18.1 in). Panel: 47,5 x 60 cm ( 18,7 x 23,6 in).

- In bright and intense colors.
- Appealingly haptic surface structure.
- Notable provenance: Heinz Rasch, Wuppertal architect, art collector and publicist, a close friend of Baumeister since the 1920s
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PROVENANCE: Collection Heinz Rasch, Wuppertal (acquired directly from the artist).
Private collection Rhineland (obtained from aforementioned).

EXHIBITION: Schlemmer-Baumeister-Krause, Von der Heydt-Museum, Wuppertal, 1979, cat. no. 12.

LITERATURE: Will Grohmann, Willi Baumeister - Leben und Werk, Cologne 1963, cat. no. 629 (with the title "Figurenlandschaft III").
"Willi Baumeister [..] is one of the few outstanding artists that stayed in Germany between 1933 and 1945, and who made a significant contribution to European art of the 20th century."
Spielmann/Baumeister, Willi Baumeister. Catalog raisonné, Ostfildern-Ruit 2005, text on the reverse of the wrapper

Essay
Baumeister already developed an interest in structures that loosened up the image surface and added liveliness to the pictorial ground in the early 1930s. As it is the case with the painting offered here, the structure carries a linear and graphic composition that scintillates over the pictorial ground. Primeval associations are evoked, a phenomenon characteristic of many of Baumeister's work cycles. Loosely arranged forms and color fields emanate a merry weightlessness that leaves a lot of room for associations. Musical tempi are among the most typical associations. The primeval aspect is wrapped in a burlesque vesture and looses all its graveness. The shadowy figures that gently dance across this composition add a subtle notion of humor to it. Trough the usage of synthetic resin and filling compound Baumeister creates a plastery surface effect that underlines the prehistoric character of the repertoire of forms featured here. This mystical figure composition also has an excellent provenance: It used to be part of the acknowledge collection of the Wuppertal architect, art collector and publicist Heinz Rasch, who became a close friend of Baumeister in the 1920s. Other works made during this work period in the 1940s, which includes the "Figurenlandschaften" (Figure Landscapes) and "Figurenmauern" (Figure Walls), into which Baumeister also integrated elements of African Art, are in the collections of Osthaus Museums in Hagen, the Nationalgalerie Berlin, the Staatsgalerie Stuttgart and the Museum of Modern Art, New York. [JS]
91
Willi Baumeister
Figurenlandschaft, 1942.
Oil
Estimate:
€ 60,000 / $ 66,000
Sold:
€ 62,500 / $ 68.750

(incl. 25% surcharge)