Aus der kleinen Straße - dithyrambisch, Markus Lüpertz
Markus Lüpertz
Aus der kleinen Straße - dithyrambisch
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Markus Lüpertz

Aus der kleinen Straße - dithyrambisch, 1965

145 x 145 cm
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Distemper on canvas
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Acquired in 2011 with support of the Städelkomitee 21. Jahrhundert, property of Städelscher Museums-Verein e.V.
Not on display


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‘From the Little Road – Dithyrambic’ shows a mysterious object. Markus Lüpertz borrowed the ‘dithyramb’ – a hymn in honour of Dionysus, the god of wine – from Friedrich Nietzsche. It became the central metaphor in his early paintings, where he distances himself from abstraction and figuration, and from Western styles to the same degree. The construct is peculiarly suspended in space, seeming to appear from nothing. Can it be called an object at all? Lüpertz’s dithyrambic paintings are convincing by their sheer elementary and existential vehemence.

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