Central Crucifixion with Blind Overdrawing, Arnulf Rainer
Arnulf Rainer
Central Crucifixion with Blind Overdrawing
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Arnulf Rainer

Central Crucifixion with Blind Overdrawing, 1951 – 1952

565 x 755 mm
Physical Description
Graphite, coloured pencil, oil crayon on offset paper
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17092 Z
Acquired 2011 with funds from the Städelkomitee 21. Jahrhundert and with support of Andreas Dombret, property of Städelscher Museums-Verein e.V.
Can be presented in the study room of the Graphische Sammlung (special opening hours)


About the Work

In 1951, using first graphite, then coloured pencil, Arnulf Rainer drew several horizontally and vertically oriented lines in the middle of this sheet of paper. By means of repeated overdrawing, they became particularly concentrated at the centre. The following year he reworked the cluster, supplementing it with further deep black lines and curves, which he now, however, drew with his eyes shut. The artist had carried out his first blind drawings in 1951. He had been in search of something completely new, which – inspired by the Surrealists’ “psychic automatism” – he hoped to find in a manner of working guided solely by spontaneous inner instinct, free of the influence of outward impulses.

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