Dangerous Wish, Richard Oelze
Richard Oelze
Dangerous Wish
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Richard Oelze

Dangerous Wish, 1936


Dimensions
14.0 x 17.0 cm
Physical Description
Oil on paper, glued on wood
Inventory Number
SG 1251
Acquisition
Acquired in 1979
Status
On display

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About the Work

A surreal landscape expands against a deep black background. Carefully painted root-like structures take on a life of their own, grow eyes, become faces. Two hands emerge from the nothingness to hold a phallic form. 'Dangerous Wish' indulges in allusions to a sexual desire that are engraved into a bizarre landscape of the subconscious. The precise painting style of this small-format picture makes the vague shapes seem real. Oelze created this work in 1936 in Paris, where he was in close contact with protagonists of the Surrealist movement, including Max Ernst and Tristan Tzara.

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Title
Dangerous Wish
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Period Produced
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Object Type
Physical Description
Oil on paper, glued on wood
Material
Technique
Label at the Time of Manufacture
Signiert verso unten links: OELZE

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Collection
Picture Copyright
© Richard Oelze
Acquisition
Acquired in 1979

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  • 29 surrealia, surrealistic representations
Associative
  • 2 Nature
  • 31AA444 anthropomorphic beings with parts of abnormal shape - AA - female human figure
  • 31A444 anthropomorphic beings with parts of abnormal shape
  • 31A2245 hand

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20.08.2019