Sale: 374 / Modern Art, Dec. 04. 2010 in Munich Lot 44

 
Willi Baumeister - Formbildung


 
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Willi Baumeister
Formbildung, 1951.
Oil
Estimate:
€ 15,000 / $ 18,000
Sold:
€ 17,500 / $ 21.000

(incl. 25% surcharge)
Lot description
Oil with synthetic resin on laminated cardboard, firmly laid on plywood
Beye/Baumeister 1207. Signed lower right. 33 x 49,8 cm (12,9 x 19,6 in), size of sheet

PROVENANCE: Galerie Hella Nebelung, Düsseldorf.
Private collection Northern Germany.

LITERATURE: Will Grohmann, Willi Baumeister - Leben und Werk, Cologne 1963, catalog raisonné no. 871, there with title "Formbildung IV".

The world of archaic forms that Baumeister mentioned in 'Formbildung', can also be found in other works from that period. By means of applying layers of paint over one another, Baumeister evokes optical quasi-reliefs, their pastose compression adds physical impression to the forms. They are so to speak worked out from the primal ground by means of overdrawings, they are in an original state of formation, awaiting their completion at a distant time that remains undefined. The slight shading adds a kind of physical effect that allows them to step out from the ground. In their rudimentary stature forms become symbols for sunk cultures, keeping their secrets once and forever. With this world of forms Willi Baumeister created a very own iconography within his oeuvre, its symbolic power goes far beyond everything that Modernism brought forth in those days. [KD].

44
Willi Baumeister
Formbildung, 1951.
Oil
Estimate:
€ 15,000 / $ 18,000
Sold:
€ 17,500 / $ 21.000

(incl. 25% surcharge)