Sale: 519 / Post War / Cont. Art II, June 19. 2021 in Munich Lot 120002355

Bernard Schultze
Rhythmus weiss, gelb, schwarz, 1952.
Oil on fibreboard
€ 14,000 - 18,000

$ 16,380 - 21,060

Lot description
Rhythmus weiss, gelb, schwarz. 1952.
Oil on fibreboard.
Diederich/Herrmann 52/17. Signed and monogrammd in lower right. Verso signed, titled "Rhythmus weiss, gelb, schwarz" and inscribed. 80.5 x 109 cm (31.6 x 42.9 in).
The work is mentioned in the artist's hand-written list of works with the number "19/52". [JS].
• Rare gestural-dynamic composition from Schultze's informal early period of creation
• From the year of the legendary first "Quadriga" exhibition at the Frankfurt Zimmergalerie, which paved the path for German Informalism
• Next to Berhard Schultze, Karl Otto Götz, Heinz Kreutz and Otto Greis also count among the early member of the informalist artit group "Quadriga"
• Composition characterized by a wonderful gestural expressivenes that clearly resembles, owing to the white "Drippings", Jackson Pollock's Action painting

We are grateful to Dr. Barbara Herrmann, Cologne, for her kind expert advice.

PROVENANCE: Private collection Munich.
Deutsche Bank Collection, Frankfurt a. M. (acquired from aforementioned before 1992).

EXHIBITION: Calendar sheet in Art Calendar 1992 (July) "Materie - Zeichen - Geste. Malerei in deutschland 1950 - 1975", Deutsche Bank (editor), Düsseldorf 1991, with color illu.
Ariane Grigoteit, 100 x Kunst, Ein Jahrhundert Sammlung Deutsche Bank, Deutsche Bank, Frankfurt a. M. 2001, p. 110, with color illu. on . 111.
Le grand geste! Informel und Abstrakter Expressionismus 1946 - 1964, Museum Kunstpalast, Düsseldorf/Cologne 2010, cat. no. 126, pp. 142, 347, with color illu.

While the term Informalism became established in Europe, Americans call it Abstract Expressionism or Action Painting. Informalism is not an epoch in art history or a clearly defined style, we should rather speak of informal structures as certain criteria are characteristic of Informalism: that is "Gesture, dynamic, speed, action, surface, structure, space, spontaneity, subjectivity, coincidence, automatism and materiality."
Willi Kemp: Das deutsche Informel, in: Le grand geste! Informel und Abstrakter Expressionismus 1946-1964, Cologne 2010, p. 45


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