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


Blatt
565 x 755 mm
Physical Description
Graphite, coloured pencil, oil crayon on offset paper
Inventory Number
17092
Object Number
17092 Z
Acquisition
Acquired 2011 with funds from the Städelkomitee 21. Jahrhundert with support of Andreas Dombret, property of the Städelscher Museums-Verein e.V.
Status
On display, Special Exhibitions

Texts

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.

Work Data

Basic Information

Title
Central Crucifixion with Blind Overdrawing
Draughtsman
Period Produced
Object Type
Physical Description
Graphite, coloured pencil, oil crayon on offset paper
Material
Technique
Geographic Reference
Production Reason
Label at the Time of Manufacture
Datiert und bezeichnet unten links (mit Bleistift): (zentrale) Kruzifikation 1951 [1952 blind überzeichnet]; mittig rechts (mit Grafitstift): TRR 51 / X/10
Captions Added Later
verso: links oben Etikett: 145, bezeichnet mit Bleistift rechts oben: V9, unten rechts: 4 [eingekreist und durchgestrichen], 34 [eingekreist]
Watermark
  • Nicht vorhanden

Property and Acquisition

Institution
Administration
Collection
Picture Copyright
© Arnulf Rainer
Acquisition
Acquired 2011 with funds from the Städelkomitee 21. Jahrhundert with support of Andreas Dombret, property of the Städelscher Museums-Verein e.V.

Work Content

Motifs and References

Genre
Main Motif

Iconclass

Primary
  • 0 Abstract, Non-representational Art
  • 49D32 line (~ planimetry, geometry)
  • 49D3211 intersecting lines
  • 22C4(BLACK) colours, pigments, and paints: black
Associative
  • 11D121 cross as symbol of Christ

Research and Discussion

Provenance

Object History
Vom Künstler erworben mit Mitteln des Städelkomitees 21. Jahrhundert mit Unterstützung von Andreas Dombret durch den Städelschen Museum-Vereins e.V., Frankfurt am Main, 2011.

Information

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Last import

11.02.2020