Sale: 514 / Evening Sale, Dec. 11. 2020 in Munich Lot 253

 
253
Rupprecht Geiger
727/78 (Farbraum, Geist und Materie), 1978.
Acrylic on canvas
Estimate:
€ 50,000 / $ 60,500
Sold:
€ 125,000 / $ 151.250

(incl. 25% surcharge)
Lot description
727/78 (Farbraum, Geist und Materie). 1978.
Acrylic on canvas.
Dornacher/Geiger 727/78. Verso of the folded canvas signed, titled "FARBRAUM" and with the work number "727/78". Frame signed, dated and inscribed with dimensions ( 210 x 173). Verso of the stretcher with a direction arrow and the inscription "oben". 191 x 193.5 cm (75.1 x 76.1 in). [EH].

• One of the earliest paintings from the group "Farbräume" (Color Spaces), which began in 1978.
• Rupprecht Geiger titled only two paintings from the "Farbräume" group "Geist und Materie" (Mind and Matter).
• "Seeing, feeling and hearing red rejuvenates me, makes me strong." (Geiger in: Rotbuch 1975/1978, no p.).
• The artist had his first seminal retrospective at Städtische Galerie im Lenbachhaus, Munich in 1978.
• Striking combination of two geometrically archetypical forms
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PROVENANCE: Galerie Wilbrand, Cologne.
Collection Deutsche Bank AG, Frankfurt a. M. (acquired from aforementioned).

EXHIBITION: Blind Date Istanbul. Sabanci University Sakip Sabanci Museum, Istanbul, September 8 - November 1, 2007.
Rupprecht Geiger - Malerei, Serigrafien, Modelle und Collagen aus sieben Jahrzehnten. Zum 100. Geburtstag des Künstlers, Städtische Galerie im Lenbachhaus, Munich, December 15, 2007 - March 30, 2008.

LITERATURE: Sarah Massumi, Werkbeschreibung 725/78 (Farbraum, Geist und Materie), 1978 (WV 693) [27.11.2014], in: Archiv Geiger Blog http://blog.archiv-geiger.de/rupprecht-geiger-werkubersicht-11-72578-farbraum-geist-und- materie-wv-693-1978/ (on September 18, 2020).
"I believe in the psychological effect colors have on people."
Rupprecht Geiger, quote after: Pinc kommt! Rupprecht Geiger, ex. cat., The Schaufler Foundation, Dresden 2017, p. 19.

Essay
Rupprecht Geiger developed his work with great continuity. As early as in the late 1940s he was one of the very few artists in Germany occupied with irregular image formats. Back then, however, always on one canvas. In addition, he modulated seemingly free-floating color surfaces with finely graded modulations in a striking color intensity. Rupprecht Geiger explicitly took up the motif of contrasting color spaces again in the group of works entitled "Farbräume“ (Color Spaces) from 1975 . Only two works in the group got the affix "Geist und Materie" (Spirit and Matter) as a contrasting pair in the title. He himself provides an explanation in his publication "Farbe ist Element", published in Düsseldorf in 1975: "Because only the perfect technical mastery of matter, the arrangement of forms in space, can make the immaterial essence of color tangible, whose intrinsic function is its effect on the human spirit". The two design components, form and space, are mutually dependent. A quarter of a century later, Rupprecht Geiger returns to the instrument of combining unequal colored surfaces in the group of works "Geist und Materie" (2003/04). Accordingly, this work undoubtedly deals with one of the main themes of his artistic creation. [EH]
253
Rupprecht Geiger
727/78 (Farbraum, Geist und Materie), 1978.
Acrylic on canvas
Estimate:
€ 50,000 / $ 60,500
Sold:
€ 125,000 / $ 151.250

(incl. 25% surcharge)