Anh, Julian Schnabel
Julian Schnabel
Anh
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Julian Schnabel

Anh, 1988


Dimensions
281.9 x 304.8 cm
Physical Description
Oil on tarpaulin
Inventory Number
2469
Acquisition
Acquired in 2016 with funds from the Städelkomitee 21. Jahrhundert. Property of the Städelscher Museums-Verein e.V.
Status
Not exhibited

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About the Work

Since the 1980s, Julian Schnabel has been experimenting with a wide variety of materials, including oil, wax, emulsion and plaster, which he likes to apply to fabrics he happens upon, such as sailcloth and tent canvas. Typical of and essential to his monumental works are the enigmatic titles, which refer, on the one hand, to private matters and on the other, to public affairs. While 'Anh' refers to the first name of his former lover, the 'Jane Birkin' series alludes to the singer and actress - whom Schnabel did not know personally - but is much more an homage to a sailing boat of that name. This connection is reflected in the unusual picture format with the rounded corner, which not only recalls an upturned sail, but also represents the carrier material. Here, Schnabel painted on an old sail he had purchased during a journey to Egypt.

This radical extension of the painterly spectrum is also visible in his most recent painting. For 'Untitled', he transferred a photo of the floor of his studio, with the colours changed, onto a polyester canvas using an inkjet printer and then processed it with spray paint.

Work Data

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Title
Anh (Original Title)
Painter
Period Produced
School
Object Type
Physical Description
Oil on tarpaulin
Material
Technique

Property and Acquisition

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Picture Copyright
© VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2019
Acquisition
Acquired in 2016 with funds from the Städelkomitee 21. Jahrhundert. Property of the Städelscher Museums-Verein e.V.

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Primary
  • 0 Abstract, Non-representational Art
  • 49D43 prism ~ stereometry
  • 49L1 letters, alphabet, script
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20.09.2019