Composition, Karl Otto Götz
Karl Otto Götz
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Karl Otto Götz

Composition, 1953

535 x 376 mm
Physical Description
Watercolour and gouache on fine-grained wove paper
Inventory Number
SG 3011
Object Number
SG 3011 Z
Can be presented in the study room of the Graphische Sammlung (special opening hours)


About the Work

This watercolour still exhibits hints of the geometric forms that dominated the composition of Karl Otto Götz’s Red Pennant (Städel Museum, Inv. No. 17108). Now, however, the artist no longer joined the individual elements to form fantastical figures, but broke through their clear boundaries. In the process, he used a technique he had discovered by chance in the summer of 1952: he applied the paint to the paper and then lacerated it with a knife or squeegee. He thus managed “to make the self-contained formal elements dissolve and, so to speak, explode” [1]. [1] K. O. Götz. Erinnerungen und Werk, Volume Ia, Düsseldorf 1983, p. 515.

Work Data

Basic Information

Period Produced
Object Type
Physical Description
Watercolour and gouache on fine-grained wove paper
Geographic Reference
Production Reason
Label at the Time of Manufacture
Signiert und datiert unten rechts (mit der Feder in Schwarz): Götz 53
Captions Added Later
Verso Stempel der Städtischen Galerie, Frankfurt am Main (Lugt 2371c)
  • Nicht vorhanden

Property and Acquisition

Städel Museum, Frankfurt am Main
Picture Copyright
© VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2023, Foto: U. Edelmann

Work Content

Motifs and References

Main Motif


  • 0 Abstract, Non-representational Art
  • 49D43 prism ~ stereometry

Research and Discussion


Object History
Karl Otto Götz (1914-2017)
erworben mit Mitteln der Frankfurter Künstlerförderung von der Städtischen Galerie, Frankfurt am Main, 1953.


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