2. April 58, Julius Bissier
Julius Bissier
2. April 58
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Julius Bissier

2. April 58, 1958


Dimensions
19 x 25.3 cm
Physical Description
Egg oil tempera on canvas
Inventory Number
2540
Acquisition
Acquired in 2019 as a bequest from Ulrike Crespo from the Karl Ströher Collection
Status
Not on display

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About the Work

Julius Bissier developed his miniatures in the 1950s, first in the watercolour medium and later as small-scale paintings on organic materials. Taking figural painting as his point of departure, he had turned to abstract art in the 1930s. He was in close contact with Willi Baumeister and also studied non-European—particularly East Asian—art. Occupying a realm between symbolism and abstraction, his fragmentary, reductive compositions testify to that development. Bearing merely their dates of execution as titles, they defy unequivocal interpretation. What stands out most is their serial and nevertheless quasi-personal character.

About the Acquisition

The Städel Museum has the photographer, psychotherapist, philanthropist, and long-time Frankfurt resident Ulrike Crespo (1950–2019) to thank for more than ninety works ranging from classical modernism to American pop art. The paintings, drawings, and prints by Wassily Kandinsky, Otto Dix, Oskar Schlemmer, Max Ernst, Jean Dubuffet, Cy Twombly, and others originally belonged to the holdings of her grandfather, the Darmstadt-based industrialist Karl Ströher (1890–1977), who amassed an extensive art collection after World War II.

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14.05.2024