Sale: 343 / Post War / Contemporary Art, Dec. 04. 2008 in Munich Lot 601

 
Carl Buchheister - Komposition Schwebende Formen im Raum I

601
Carl Buchheister
Komposition Schwebende Formen im Raum I, 1923.
Watercolour
Estimate:
€ 9,000 / $ 9,900
Sold:
€ 10,370 / $ 11.407

(incl. 22% surcharge)
Lot description

Komposition Schwebende Formen im Raum I. 1923.
Watercolour.
Buchheister/Kemp 1923/14. Monogrammed and dated lower centre. With date, title and inscription on the reverse. On firm wove paper. 39,9 : 24,9 cm (15,7 : 9,8 in), the full sheet. The year 1923, when Buchheister switched to abstract painting, marked a turning-point in his career. The painterly devices he deployed in his earliest abstract works already attest to enormous aesthetic self-assurance - an indication of the intensity with which the artist was engaging with abstraction. “We must de-form the representational things with which we work, which affect our emotional life, grasp their meaning, that is, paint in the abstract. As a painter one must be a personality. It is the task of the artist to find a commensurately agonisingly poignant form for his agonisingly poignant personal feelings.” (quoted in: Willi Kemp. Das abstrakte Werk von Carl Buchheister, in: Buchheister/Kemp, vol. 1, p. 101). [NB]

AUSSTELLUNG: Cabinet Gute Kunst, Prof. Dr. O. Karpa, Hanover, 2 August - 4 September 1949.
Pinacoteca, Rose Fried Gallery, New York, July 1950.
Carl Buchheister. Ölbilder, Aquarelle, Gouachen, Galerie Gunzenhauser, Munich, 3 February - 29 March 1994.

Good overall impression. Partially with minor rubbing on the margins. Two minor crease marks lower left. Upper right corner mended. With isolated tiny retouchings.

601
Carl Buchheister
Komposition Schwebende Formen im Raum I, 1923.
Watercolour
Estimate:
€ 9,000 / $ 9,900
Sold:
€ 10,370 / $ 11.407

(incl. 22% surcharge)