Sale: 529 / Post War / Contemporary Art, June 10. 2022 in Munich Lot 182

 

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Serge Poliakoff
Relief, 1968.
Relief. Metal with leaf gold
Post auction sale: € 60,000 / $ 69,600
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Relief. 1968.
Relief. Metal with leaf gold.
Poliakoff 68-148. Lower right with the name and the barely legible embossing "Blanchet Fondeur", as well as with the number "HC/2". One of 4 artist proofs aside from the edition of 8. 65 x 81 x 4 cm (25.5 x 31.8 x 1.5 in).
For the composition of this relief, the artist presumably used the oil painting "Composition" (1968, 89 x 116 cm), cf. S. Poliakoff, ex. cat. Munich 2007, cat. no. 91, illu. on p. 181.
• One of Poliakoff's extremely rare sculptural works.
• Apart from this relief, no other work has ever been offered on the international auction market.
• Excellent execution with depth effect, which also reflects Poliakoff's famous pictorial color formations
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With a photo expertise from Alexis Poliakoff, Archives Serge Poliakoff, Paris, from October 1, 2008.

PROVENANCE: Galerie Française, Munich.
Private collection Southern Germany (acquired from the above).

EXHIBITION: (each one of the copies)
11 Pièces Uniques, L'Enseigne du Cerceau, Paris, November 1973 - January 1974.
Serge Poliakoff, Association Campredon Art et Culture, L'Isle-sur-la-Sorgue, July 4 - October 12 ,1986 (verso with exhibition and shipping label).
Museum Würth, Künzelsau, October 23 - February 15, 1997, with illu. on p. 221.
Serge Poliakoff, Künstlerhaus Vienna, March 8 - April 24, 1998, ex. cat. p. 221.
Serge Poliakoff. Retrospektive, ex. cat. published by Christiane Lange and Nils Ohlsen, Kunsthalle Emden, February 3 - April 15, 2007; Kunsthalle der Hypo-Kulturstiftung, Munich, April 27 - June 8, 2007, cat. no. 90, with illu. 180 (this copy).

LITERATURE: Rétrospective Serge Poliakoff, ex. cat. Mons/Belgium, Beaux-Arts Mons, Ocotber 25, 2008 - February 8, 2009, no. 94, with illu. on p. 130 (presumably different copy).
"Never be content with your last picture. Strive and seek for more depth."
Serge Poliakoff, quoted from: Künstler. Kritisches Lexikon der Gegenwartskunst, issue 21, 1995, p. 14.

Poliakoff's famous paintings, with their characteristic, virtuoso interlocking color formations, are characterized not only by the balance of the individual color values \u8203\u8203 but also by their spatial depth effect. Serge Poliakoff, who, along with Pierre Soulages and Jean Fautrier, is one of the main representatives of the "Nouvelle École de Paris", builds up each color value in his paintings from different layers of paint and thus always gives them a differentiated spatial depth gradation. Our relief, glowing in a warm gold tone, which completely dispenses with the compositional medium of color contrast, lives entirely from the depth effect of the form: not only the three-dimensional volumes pushing towards the viewer, which impressively transfer Poliakoff's colored areas of the paintings into the medium of sculpture, but also likewise the cloudy, shimmering depth effect of the gilding, plastically implements what was also of central importance to the artist in his painterly oeuvre. Our relief, created a year before Poliakoff's death, must therefore be read as a visual commentary, progressive development and brilliant finale of his painterly oeuvre. [JS]



 

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