Composition, Emil Schumacher
Emil Schumacher
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Emil Schumacher

Composition, 1958

583 x 378 mm
Physical Description
Oil paint, partially scratched and broken, on torn cardboard, mounted on linen-structured painting cardboard
Inventory Number
Object Number
17120 Z
Can be presented in the study room of the Graphische Sammlung (special opening hours)


About the Work

Colour interested Emil Schumacher above all as tangible matter. For his "Composition" of 1958, the artist began by applying first black and then white oil paint to a sheet of cardboard torn into an irregular shape; then he added accents in brown and grey. Next he used a sharp object to make deep incisions in the paint, exposing the layer of black underneath, and in some places also the light-hued surface of the cardboard. These ‘injuries’ make the various qualities of the paint visible: the pastose consistency of the jet-black oil paint and the brittle, fine-grained materiality of the greyish-beige layer on top of it.

Work Data

Basic Information

Period Produced
Object Type
Physical Description
Oil paint, partially scratched and broken, on torn cardboard, mounted on linen-structured painting cardboard
Geographic Reference
Production Reason
Label at the Time of Manufacture
Signiert und datiert unten rechts (in die Farbschicht geritzt): Schumacher. / 58
  • Nicht vorhanden

Property and Acquisition

Picture Copyright
© VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2021

Work Content

Motifs and References



  • 0 Abstract, Non-representational Art

Research and Discussion


Object History
Sammlung Margarethe und Klaus Posselt, Frankfurt/Bonn
Schenkung an das Städelsche Kunstinstitut, Frankfurt am Main, 2011


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