Vente: 514 / Evening Sale 11 décembre 2020 à Munich Lot 226

 

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Willi Baumeister
Zwei Körperformen auf Lackgrund, 1940.
Oil and lacquer on canvas, laminated on firm board
Estimation:
€ 50,000 / $ 58,000
Résultat:
€ 60,000 / $ 69.600

(25% frais d'adjudication compris)
Zwei Körperformen auf Lackgrund. 1940.
Oil and lacquer on canvas, laminated on firm board.
Beye/Baumeister 904. Signed and dated in lower right. With an adhesive note on rear, there once more signed, as well as typographically titled and inscribed. 44 x 34 cm (17.3 x 13.3 in).
This work is part of the significant series of the "Eidos" pictures.
• From the important work group of the "Eidos" pictures which marked the peak of Baumeister's development in the 1930s.
• Owing to the dynamic composition, the fine lines and the amebic forms these paintings deliver particular proof of the 'reflexive process character' of Baumeister's painting.
• Offered on the international auction market for the first time (sourcee: www.artprice.com).
• Paintings from the "Eidos" series are part of many museu collections, among them the Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam, the Pinakothek der Moderne, Munich, the Staatliche Kunsthalle Karlsruhe, the Staatsgalerie Stuttgart and the Kaiser Wilhelm Museum, Krefeld
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"Der Höhepunkt in der Entwicklung der dreißiger Jahre ist mit den >Eidos<-Bildern erreicht."
Peter Beye, in: Willi Baumeister, Werkkatalog der Gemälde I, Ostfildern 2002, S. 14.

PROVENANCE: Gertrud Weller, Horn/Bodensee (wohl bis 1962, Stuttgarter Kunstkabinett 3./4.5.1962).
La Medusa, Studio d`Arte, Rom (wohl seit 1962, Stuttgarter Kunstkabinett 3./4.5.1962, auf der Rahmenrückwand mit dem Etikett).
Galleria Alberto Valerio, Brescia (auf der Rahmenrückpappe mit dem Etikett).
Privatbesitz Brecia.
Privatsammlung Italien.

EXHIBITION: Willi Baumeister, Galleria Lorenzelli, Mailand, Januar 1963 (auf der Rahmenrückpappe mit dem Etikett).
L’Arte in Occidente e la Cultura Zen. Henri Michaux, Julius Bissier, Marc Tobey, Giuseppe Capogrossi, Willi Baumeister, Brecia, La Nuova Città, Galleria d’Arte Contemporanea, 14.2.-12.3.1981.

LITERATURE: Stuttgarter Kunstkabinett Roman Norbert Ketterer, 37. Auktion, Stuttgart, 3./4.5.1962, Kat. S. 12, Nr. 22, Abb. Tafel 171.
"The 'Eidos Pictures' marked the peak of his development of the 1930s."
Peter Beye, in: Willi Baumeister, catalog raisonné of paintingI, Ostfildern 2002, p. 14.

In the paintings that can be ascribed to his famous "Eidos" series, Willi Baumeister put his constantly changing and evolving ideas into the picture with the help of a world of forms made up of superimposed fine line structures and amoeba-like structures moving across the surface. Baumeister's occupation with this motif began in 1938 and the "Eidos" series finally reached its peak around 1940. It is the eternal organic process of becoming and passing away that Baumeister carries within himself and which he rendered in his usually balanced aesthetics in these fascinating works. "Eidos" refers to an archetype which Baumeister does not perceive as static, but which is subject to constant change and therefore wanders through an artistic metamorphosis from canvas to canvas. During this time Baumeister worked intensively on the doctrine of metamorphosis, and was particularly interested in Goethe's idea of the primordial plant. Just as Goethe was looking for a botanical archetype of a plant from which all later plant species developed, Baumeister searched for an artistic archetype as the central basis of all further ideas about form in his "Eidos" pictures. Baumeister's versatile pictorial worlds only come to existence on the canvas, they are only hinted at in preliminary drawings, and ultimately only find their final form through the interplay of all the forces that determine them. Baumeister repeatedly experimented with the dynamics of different techniques. In the seemingly archaic composition "Zwei Körperformen auf Lackgrund“ (Two Body Shapes on a Lacquer Ground) it is the special effect of lacquers that appeals to him. Baumeister began to experiment with them from the late 1930s on, when he worked at the Wuppertal paint factory Dr. Kurt Herberts. Together with Kurt Schlemmer and other artists, he found great opportunities for experimentation, as well as protection from the Nazi regime. [JS]



226
Willi Baumeister
Zwei Körperformen auf Lackgrund, 1940.
Oil and lacquer on canvas, laminated on firm board
Estimation:
€ 50,000 / $ 58,000
Résultat:
€ 60,000 / $ 69.600

(25% frais d'adjudication compris)