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Gotthardt Graubner Untitled, 1999
Details
Acrylic and mixed media on canvas over synthetic wool on canvas
225 x 205 x 20 cm (88.6 x 80.6 x 7.8 in.)
Submitted
Exhibited
Paris, Galerie Karsten Greve, 'Gotthard Graubner', November 9, 2019 - January 11, 2020
Provenance
Acquired directly from the artist; Galerie Karsten Greve, Paris
Signature
Signed and dated verso upper left 'Graubner 99'
Additional Information
The Farbraumekörper (Colour-Space-Bodies) such as Untiled 1999, have emerged in many years of intense practice, specifically Gotthard Graubner’s idea of the picture as a physical body and of painting as an animate organism. Galerie Karten Greve represents and presents the significant abstract German painter Gotthard Graubner since 1990. In his painting, colour becomes shape through a layering process that places natural pigment on canvas stretched across a thick cotton base or synthetic sponge material. When the resulting dual-purpose object is observed from the side it looks like a three-dimensional convex surface that permits colour to obtrude upon space; whereas, from the front, it looks like a flat surface. Graubner abides by the rules of colour theory, applying matter in layers of varying thicknesses according to their complementarity and to the contrasting cool or warm qualities of each one. This approach gives his painting palpable luminosity. For Graubner, colours do not belong to the abstract, but rather they are the very entities that compose our world. With this in mind, the artist strives to use colour in his work not just as a means but also indeed as his very subject: one that he tries to condense into a quivering and breathing organism.
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