Sale: 514 / Evening Sale, Dec. 11. 2020 in Munich Lot 205

 
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Peter Brüning
Nr. 10/64 (légendes I), 1964.
Oil and color chalks on canvas
Estimate:
€ 40,000 / $ 48,400
Sold:
€ 81,250 / $ 98.312

(incl. 25% surcharge)
Lot description
Nr. 10/64 (légendes I). 1964.
Oil and color chalks on canvas.
Otten 562. Signed and inscribed "für München (légendes I)" on the stretcher as well as with a direction arrow. Verso with the work number. 150 x 200 cm (59 x 78.7 in).

• One of the rare pictures from the decisive transitional work group "Légendes" (1964 - 1970).
• Comprehensive exhibition history.
• Peter Brüning's work was acknowledged in Documenta II, III and IV.
• Impulsive and spontaneous, yet intellectually controlled gestural painting.
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PROVENANCE: Galerie Elke and Werner Zimmer, Düsseldorf.
Collection Deutsche Bank AG, Frankfurt a. M. (acquired from aforementioned).

EXHIBITION: 14 Aspekte heutiger Kunst, special exhibition of Großen Kunstausstellung München 1965.
Peter Brüning, Légendes, Bilder 1964/65, Galerie Änne Abels, Cologne, October 7 - November 3, 1965.
Peter Brüning, galerie Cogeime, Brussels, November 30 - December 15, 1965.
Peter Brüning, Bilder und Objekte, Städtisches Museum Mönchengladbach, September 1 - October 16, 1966, cat. no. 16.
Peter Brüning - Bilder Objekte, Zeichnungen, Graphik, 1960 bis 1970, Galerie Veith Turske, Cologne, February 28 - April 12, 1975. (with a stamp on the stretcher).
Peter Brüning - Vom Informel zu den kartografischen Bildern und Zeichnungen, Galerie Elke und Werner Zimmer, Düsseldorf, March 21 - May 12, 1984 (with a label on the stretcher).
Peter Brüning - Retrospektive, MKM - Museum Küppersmühle für Moderne Kunst, Duisburg March 2 -May 13, cat. p.126, color illu. p. 83.

LITERATURE: Rolf-Gunter Dienst, Peter Brüning, Monographien zur rheinisch-westfälischen Kunst der Gegenwart, volume 45, Recklinghausen 1973, p. 46
Marie-Luise Otten, Peter Brüning - Studien zu Entwicklung und Werk. Catalog raisonné, Cologne 1988, black-and-white illu. on p. 397.

Essay
The break marked by the Second World War also led to a break in the history of art. If tendencies towards abstraction had already developed, the restrictions of the Third Reich and the war led to an interruption of this development. After the end of the war, all social aspects were affected by the zero hour, including art. The desire for a freedom encompassing the whole world ultimately had to be reflected in the language of art. The "abstraction" movement became an art tendecny that bore Action Painting and Abstract Expressionism in America, and found a similar form of expression in European with the Informel. In Germany, especially in Düsseldorf, a scene emerged that brought two groundbreaking directions in post-war art to light. On the one hand the "ZERO" movement around Heinz Mack, Otto Piene and Günther Uecker, on the other hand the "Group 53" with Peter Brüning, Karl Otto Götz and Gerhard Hoehme as the center of the German Informel. Brüning first developed a visual language characterized by dense black meshwork of lines, they dissolve into cipher-like compositions that float freely in space. His goal was to make motion visible in a rhythmic painting gesture. Accordingly, lively calligraphic lines applied in varying thicknesses, embedded in an often delicate and restrained color scheme cam be found in his serial compositions. This impulsive and spontaneous, but still intellectually controlled gesture of painting reveals its lyrical-dramatic sensitivity to us in a kind of psychogram. The composition "No. 10/64 (légends I)" marks the transition to the so-called "Légendes" group of works, which consist of cartographic symbols. For Brüning himself, these pictures represent a further technical development of his imagination which aims to make the picture itself a reality. "I chose this type of painting because, in contrast to an individual interpretation, it is an anti-individual one, that is to say, cartography is a language that is generally understandable. It was not invented by an individual, but based on a collective agreement." (Brüning, in: Otten, p. 484). [SM]
205
Peter Brüning
Nr. 10/64 (légendes I), 1964.
Oil and color chalks on canvas
Estimate:
€ 40,000 / $ 48,400
Sold:
€ 81,250 / $ 98.312

(incl. 25% surcharge)