Too dark (Feuergouache). 1977. Mixed media . Gouache, pigment and traces of fire on cardboard, firmly laid on backing board along the upper edge. Signed, dated and titled "Too Dark" in lower left. 67.8 x 47.7 cm (26.6 x 18.7 in) , the full sheet. [JS].
PROVENANCE: Galerie Löhrl, Mönchengladbach. Private collection North Rhine-Westphalia (acquired from aforementioned around 2000).
"I approach the dark, x-raying it, making it transparent and less terrifying, it becomes a power volume animated by breath, just like my body, and I add fire to let it fly." Otto Piene, 1961, quote from: Künstler, Kritische Lexikon der Gegenwartskunst, p. 14.