Scheiben und Halbscheiben. 1955. Oil on canvas. Scheibler 745. Lower right signed and dated. Verso of stretcher signed, dated and titled. 120 x 161 cm (47.2 x 63.3 in). [SM/EH].
PROVENANCE: Collection Pelikan, Hanover. Hauswedell & Nolte, Hamburg, 259th auction, 1985, lot 1155, color illu. on plate 41. Private collection Hamburg.
EXHIBITION: Nay – Gemälde, Aquarelle, Zeichnungen 1951–1955, Kestner Gesellschaft Hanover, 6 April –8 August 1955, cat. no. 28 (verso of the stretcher with a label). Die Pelikan-Kunstsammlung, Kunstverein Hannover, 28 April–16 June 1963, cat. no. 105. Die Pelikan-Kunstsammlung, Städtische Galerie im Lenbachhaus Munich, 8 January–7 February 1965. Württembergischer Kunstverein, 13 March–2 May 1965, cat. no. 107. Kunstsammlung Pelikan, Kunstverein Brunswick – Haus Salve Hospes, 19 March–30 April 1972.
"The importance of Nay as one of the 20th century's most important colorist is once more emphasized with these works of good provenance ." - Aurel Scheibler, catalog raisonné of oil paintings by Ernst Wilhelm Nay
From1954 up into the early 1960s Ernst Wilhelm Nay was intensively occupied with his 'Scheibenbilder' (Disc Pictures), of which this work is a very fine example. In this group of works the artist uses round color fields to organize subtle space- and color modulations. Paul Wember, former director of the Kaiser-Wilhelm-Museum in Krefeld, most fittingly describes Ernst Wilhelm Nay's painting as follows: "Suddenly we see the color's purequalities. The liberated color appears free from figuration, free from object, free from representation, clear, bright and cheerful. Nothing interrupts the orderly succession that is well intensified by accentuations in black." (P. Wember, Malerei in unserem Jahrhundert, Krefeld 1963, p.106)