Sommerbild. 1961. Egg oilTempera on hessian. Not in Volkens (the first volume of the catalog raisonné of works from before 1965 has not been released). Signed and dated in lower left below the yellow layer of paint, as well as signed, dated and titled on verso. 121 x 142 cm (47.6 x 55.9 in).
Nice large-size work from the artist's much sought-after early period of creation. In 2011 the work "Figur Flora" (1960) realized the still valid record price for a painting by the artist.
PROVENANCE: Private collection Southern Germany (acquired directly from the artist).
EXHIBITION: Galerie Rheintor, Exhibition V, Basel 1961 (with label on stretcher). Museum der Bildenden Künste, Leipzig (loan, verso of canvas with the label). Figur Wolkenfänger. Horst Antes und der malerische Aufbruch in den 1960er Jahren, Sprengel Museum Hanover, 24 March to 16 June 2002, with illu. on p. 29 (there titled "Sommerbild" and dated "1959/60", with label on canvas covering).
Around 1960 Antes gradually developed the characteristic figure of the "Kopffüßler" (Head-Footer) from jotted color structures. It would become of great significance for his further creation. Especially the stronger abstract compositions from between 1960 and late 1962, the Head-Footers hour of birth, document this artistically decisive path. In comparison with the following work periods, this period is relatively short, up until today he remains occupied with the motif, examining his own art figure in all its facets. For this reason it is little surprising that a large number of works from this decisive period of creation are in renowned public collections, such as the Staatliche Kunsthalle Karlsruhe, the Sprengel Museum Hanover, the Kunstmuseum Stuttgart and the Städel Museum in Frankfurt a. M. [JS]