Ohne Titel. 1956. Oil on cardboard, on fiberboard. Verso signed and dated as well as with direction arrow. 79 x 50 cm (31.1 x 19.6 in).
PROVENANCE: Galerie von Braunbehrens, Munich. Private collection Southern Germany.
EXHIBITION: Emil Schumacher und das Materialbild, Chapel Art Center, Hamburg February 6 - March 26, 1998; Galerie von Braunbehrens, Munich May 8 - July 24, 1998, cat. pp. 32-33, with color illu.
As of 1950 Schuhmacher's work underwent radical change. He abandoned the object as motif and made a decision in favor of the pure expresiveness of painting itself. The color became decisive compositional element. This biographic-artistic process took place in the light of a contemporary style strongly influenced by the French École de Paris, Tachism and American Action-Painting. While abstraction was an expression of the zeitgesit on the one hand, it also became the characteristic feature of Schumacher's signature style on the other. [FS].