Sale: 550 / Evening Sale, June 07. 2024 in Munich Lot 14


Markus Lüpertz
Zaun (dithyrambisch), 1967.
Dispersion paint on canvas, in three parts
€ 100,000 - 150,000

$ 107,000 - 160,500

Zaun (dithyrambisch). 1967.
Dispersion paint on canvas, in three parts.
Signed "MARKUS" in the lower left. Numbered 1 - 3 - 2 from the left to the right on the reverse, as well as with two collection labels, one inscribed with the work number "LÜP 77/007", and an exhibition label of Galerie Daniel Blau. 283.5 x 414 cm (111.6 x 162.9 in).

• Monumental triptych from the pioneering early days of “dithyrambic” painting, Lüpertz self-confident appearance on the stage of post-war art.
• Rare extreme format - largest painting ever offered at auction (source:
• Key work of a provocative artistic stance: a profane motif combined with stunning pathos.
• On permanent loan at the Kunsthalle Hamburg for many years.
• Works by the artist are in the most prestigious international collections, among them the Pinakothek der Moderne, Munich, the Museum of Modern Art, New York, Tate Gallery, London and the Centre Pompidou, Paris

This work's authenticity was kindly confirmed orally by the Atelier Markus Lüpertz. We are grateful for the kind support in cataloging this lot.

PROVENANCE: Onnasch, Berlin (acquired from the artist in 1977).

EXHIBITION: Markus Lüpertz. Grüne Bilder, Reinhard Onnasch Ausstellungen, Berlin, June 16 - July 10, 1982, cat. no. 3 (illu.).
Permanent loan, Hamburger Kunsthalle, from February 1997.
Lüpertz: Riesenbilder, Galerie Daniel Blau, Munich, February 3 - March 31, 2006.
Markus Lüpertz, El Sourdog Hex, Berlin, March 9 - April 25, 2009.
Markus Lüpertz. Hauptwege und Nebenwege. Eine Retrospektive. Bilder und Skulpturen von 1963 bis 2009, Kunst- und Ausstellungshalle der Bundesrepublik Deutschland, Bonn, October 9, 2009 - January 17, 2010, cat. no. 22 (illu. on pp. 36f.).

LITERATURE: Bernhard Kerber, Rainer Borgemeister, Bestände Onnasch, edited by Reinhard Onnasch with the support of the Neues Museum Weserburg Bremen, Berlin/Bremen 1992, p. 245.
Nineteen artists, El Sourdog Hex, ed. by Reinhard Onnasch, Berlin 2010 (illu. on pp. 152f. and 158f.).

"Genius is simply a prerequisite needed to overcome the ordinary, the human, the handicap of existence. Genius is not a state, but a process. Artists pursue a profession in which the extraordinary is the norm. We must live up to this sublimity."
Markus Lüpertz in an art talk with Rene S. Spiegelberger, October 28, 2013, quoted from:

Called up: June 7, 2024 - ca. 17.26 h +/- 20 min.

Pathetic monumentality combined with an apparent vacuum of meaning: the paintings of the young Lüpertz from the 1960s are intelligent provocations and defiant challenges to the conventions of painting. With “Zaun (dithyrambisch)” Lüpertz created an early, emblematic program picture. In 1962, at the age of 21, he moved to West Berlin where the optimistic spirit was particularly strong at the time. Lüpertz felt that Pop Art and Abstract Expressionism with their often decorative emptiness were outdated for their sole focus on formal pictorial problems, as was figurative painting, which could be forced into the service of political systems and their propaganda. In an avant-gardist tradition, Lüpertz asserted his position with the exhibition "Dithyrambische Malerei. Kunst, die im Wege steht" “Dithyrambic Painting. Art that's in the way) at Produzentengalerie Großgörschen 35 in Berlin in 1966. The following exhibition at Galerie Springer in Berlin in 1968 was accompanied by the manifesto “I visualize the grace of the 20th century through my dithyramb" (transl. of title). In ancient choral poetry, dithyrambs are hymns to the god Dionysus, intended to attain an expansion of consciousness, a state of intoxication, and increased inspiration. In the sense of an 'expanded painting', Lüpertz adopted the term and created his brand. The motifs of Lüpertz's dithyrambic painting are devoid of any obvious deeper symbolic content, concerning neither art history nor culture: walls, telegraph poles, tree trunks, laundry on the clothesline, quilts, tents, and asparagus fields in seemingly random assemblages. The fence, for example, as the protagonist of the present painting, is initially a purely formal, almost abstract pictorial content, however, in the pathos formula of the triptych, enriched with phallic and anthropomorphic qualities, it gains new dimensions. In addition, the palette of Lüpertz's paintings from this period is often limited to green, blue, yellow, and brown, which he adds to the motifs regardless of the respective local colors, making them another abstracting element. The fences, walls, poles, and trunks are part of this “art that's in the way”, that disturbs, and forces the viewer to take mental detours and to look beyond, beneath, and around the motif on the canvas. Lüpertz's very own creative drive is derived from the challenging empty canvas. An experience that confirms his abilities as well as a possible tragic failure, the intoxicating sublimity of painting, and overcoming oneself. Painting as a form of expression thus reaches epic proportions. Lüpertz earned the status of being a great German “painter prince” not least by constantly questioning traditional motifs and pictorial forms with the aim of “continuing the great development of the picture in art history.” [KT]


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