Sale: 401 / Post War/Contemporary Art, Dec. 08. 2012 in Munich Lot 231

 
231
Emil Schumacher
Morab, 1982.
Oil
Estimate:
€ 100,000 / $ 110,000
Sold:
€ 176,900 / $ 194.590

(incl. 22% surcharge)
Lot description
Morab. 1982.
Oil and sand on hard fibre board.
Signed and dated lower right. With date, title and inscription on verso. 126,5 x 171,5 cm (49,8 x 67,5 in).

We are grateful to Dr. Ulrich Schumacher, Emil Schumacher Foundation Hagen, for the expert advice. This work is registered under the number 0/467 in the archive of the foundation and will be included into the forthcoming catalog raisonné.

PROVENANCE: Galerie Brusberg, Berlin 1987
Private collection Northern Germany.

EXHIBITION: Galerie Hans Strelow, Düsseldorf, no date (with label on verso).

Emil Schumacher, born in the Westphalian town of Hagen in 1912, began a three-year degree at the Kunstgewerbeschule in Dortmund when he was 20 years old. He started working as an independent artist in 1935 and founded the artist and exhibition association "junger westen" in 1947 together with a few other artists. The style of his work changed drastically in 1950. He abandoned painting objects and turned towards the expressive power of painting alone. Color itself gradually became the decisive element of his works. This biographical artistic process happened during a period, which was determined by the French École de Paris, Tachism and American Action Painting. While abstraction itself was typical of this period, it also became a typical aspect of Emil Schumacher's personal style. During the late 1960s and early 1970s Schumacher experimented with a rigorous type of action painting, which is reflected above all in his "Hammerbilder" (Hammer Paintings). The injury and damage to the picture support was to him a means of employing destruction itself as a pictorial phenomenon in art. After exhibiting at the documenta III in Kassel in 1964 he created extremely large works, which manifest an extreme painterly freedom. This phase lasted until the 1980s.

Just as it is the case with this work, Schumacher’s art lives alone of the color’s expressive force and its matter. The artist takes the colors` consistency to a maximum and makes it tangible for the observer, both in haptic as well as in optical terms. Schumacher’s painting have no content, they stand for themselves, for painting itself: "Schumacher`s art is, the way we see it today, in a through and through decidedly manner just as dependent on all art -isms as it used to be in its time. It is self-explainable, as 'painting'." (Joachim Büchner, Farbe und Materie, Ausdruck und Form - Wandlungen von Wirklichkeit, in: Künstler. Kritisches Lexikon der Gegenwartskunst, edition 1, p. 3).

His latest works of the 1990s, with figurative reminiscences, have clearly overcome the contrast between abstraction and the figurative.
Schumacher became internationally known and praised around the middle of the 1950s as one of the most important artists of the Informel. He was awarded numerous international prizes, of which the Guggenheim Award in New York in 1958 was only the beginning. He was appointed professor at the Hochschule für Bildende Künste in Hamburg in the same year, accepted a post as professor in Karlsruhe in 1966 and taught as a guest professor at the university in Minneapolis/USA in 1967 for one year. The Deutscher Bundestag honoured him in 1998 by commissioning a mural for the Reichstag building in Berlin. Emil Schumacher died in San José on 4 October 1999, one year after the large retrospective exhibition in Munich. [KH].

231
Emil Schumacher
Morab, 1982.
Oil
Estimate:
€ 100,000 / $ 110,000
Sold:
€ 176,900 / $ 194.590

(incl. 22% surcharge)