Wald. 1963/64. Oil on canvas. Schmied 126. Signed in lower left. 128 x 160 cm (50.3 x 62.9 in). [EH].
• The work in the artist's unmistakable style was shown at documenta II the year it was created. • Largest work by Richard Oelze ever to be offered on the international auction market (source: artprice.com). • One of the most important German painters of Surrealism. • In the 1930s the former Bauhaus student turned to Surrealism. • Works by Richard Oelze are in posession of, among others, the Museum of Modern Art, New York, the Städel Museum, Frankfurt a. M., and the Israel Museum, Jerusalem.
PROVENANCE: Galerie Pels-Leusden, Berlin (catalog 1986, illu. on p. 75). Private collection.
EXHIBITION: Deutscher Künstlerbund, Berlin 1964, cat. no. 129, illu. on p. 143. documenta III, Kassel, 1964, vol. 1, p. 376 with illu. (with a fragmentarily preserved label on the reverse). Kestner Gesellschaft, Hanover, 1964, cat. no. 111. Richard Oelze, Kunstverein für die Rheinlande und Westfalen, Düsseldorf, May 11 - June 20, 1965, cat. no. 111. 50 Jahre Bauhaus, Württembergischer Kunstverein Stuttgart, 1968, cat. no. 225, illu. on p. 289 (with a label on the reverse).
LITERATURE: Jahrbuch des Wallraf-Richartz-Museum, no. 31, 1969, p. 300.