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
Not exhibited

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

Property and Acquisition

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Picture Copyright
© VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2019
Acquisition
Acquired in 2012 as a gift from the Archive Geiger, Munich

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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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16.09.2019