E 222, Rupprecht Geiger
Rupprecht Geiger
E 222
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Rupprecht Geiger

E 222, 1956


Dimensions
120.0 x 145.0 cm
Physical Description
Egg tempera on canvas
Inventory Number
2347
Acquisition
Acquired in 2012 as a gift from the Archive Geiger, Munich
Status
On display, lower level, Contemporary Art

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About the Work

A cosmic, unearthly space. We are standing in the midst of a stream of coloured light, intoxicated by the beauty of the colours, and by the fine modulations and interjections. A luminous steep face blocks our view as it hastens towards the horizon, while the glowing red asserts itself against a round black shadow. Even here, in his early work, Rupprecht Geiger's painting confronts us with concentrated, colourful energy. Whether in a harmonious progression or a tense encounter, it reveals qualities that by no means lack ambiguity. To achieve the pure colour experience, Geiger dispenses with a personal signature and a commitment to the object. A pioneer of abstract painting in Germany, Geiger founded the ZEN 49 group after the war and developed a form of abstraction which liberates itself from the object. 'E 222' dates from 1956 and is an outstanding example of his early non-representational paintings, which nonetheless retain a wealth of associations while also providing a foretaste of the unique sensuousness of his colour field paintings of the 1960s and 1970s.

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Basic Information

Title
E 222 (Original Title)
Painter
Period Produced
School
Object Type
Physical Description
Egg tempera on canvas
Material
Technique

Property and Acquisition

Institution
Administration
Collection
Creditline
Städel Museum, Frankfurt am Main
Picture Copyright
© VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2020
Acquisition
Acquired in 2012 as a gift from the Archive Geiger, Munich

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Iconclass

Primary
  • 0 Abstract, Non-representational Art
  • 49D36 circle (~ planimetry, geometry)
  • 49D341 irregular quadrilateral
  • 22C4(RED) colours, pigments, and paints: red
  • 22C4(PINK) colours, pigments, and paints (PINK)
  • 22C4(BLACK) colours, pigments, and paints: black
  • 22C4(BLUE) colours, pigments, and paints: blue
  • 22C4(VIOLET) colours, pigments, and paints (VIOLET)

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Last update

25.08.2020