Sale: 534 / Contemporary Art Day Sale, Dec. 09. 2022 in Munich Lot 110

 

110
Emil Schumacher
Rot gefaßt, 1955.
Oil on canvas
Estimate:
€ 30,000 / $ 27,600
Sold:
€ 37,500 / $ 34,500

(incl. surcharge)
Rot gefaßt. 1955.
Oil on canvas.
Barely legibly signed and dated in bottom right. Signed, dated and titled on the reverse. 60 x 80 cm (23.6 x 31.4 in). [CH].

• In terms of its colors, this work is particularly remarkable within the artist's oeuvre.
• Early work in which Schumacher exchanges the gestural painting with strong contours for free material experiments.
• Schumacher liberates colors from forms and the line from the representational motif.
• Other works from the 1950s are in important museum collections like the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, the Kunsthalle Hamburg and the Kunsthalle Karlsruhe
.

The painting is mentioned in Dr. Ulrich Schumacher's register at the Emil Schumacher Foundation, Hagen, with the inventory number 0/4.331. We are grateful for the kind expert advice.

PROVENANCE: Galerie Heseler, Munich.
Private collection Southern Germany (acquired from the above in the 1990s).



Schumacher's work is characterized by form and line freed from the motif, by color and an extraordinary materiality. Around 1950 the artist turned to non-representational painting for the first time and in the following years, also under the influence of French Informalism, created lively, fascinating works with spontaneous painterly expression and a unique visual language. As in the particularly early, colorful work offered here, the artist mixed unusual materials into his paints. He used sand or scraps of fabric to increase the plasticity and the haptic appeal of the now grainy, rough surface.
Emil Schumacher is one of the most important representatives of German Informalism today. In 1959, 1964 and 1977 he took part in documenta II, III and 6, and in 1958 his works were exhibited in the German Pavilion at the Venice Biennial. Today his paintings are in numerous important museum collections, including the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, the Museum of Modern Art Stiftung Ludwig in Vienna, the Städel Museum in Frankfurt am Main or the Museum Folkwang in Essen. [CH]



110
Emil Schumacher
Rot gefaßt, 1955.
Oil on canvas
Estimate:
€ 30,000 / $ 27,600
Sold:
€ 37,500 / $ 34,500

(incl. surcharge)