Flipper, Christa Dichgans
Christa Dichgans
Flipper
DE
Back to top

Christa Dichgans

Flipper, 1969


Dimensions
125.0 x 175.0 cm
Physical Description
Oil on canvas
Inventory Number
2453
Acquisition
Acquired in 2015, property of the Städelscher Museums-Verein e.V.
Status
On display, lower level, Contemporary Art

Texts

About the Work

Rubber dolphins and ducks, plastic hearts and cars: the canvas-filling objects populating Christa Dichgans' paintings are toys, as is the case here in 'Flipper'. Set against a background which has been divided in two is a grey dolphin. It is unclear whether this is a specific place or an abstract coloured space. The seams joining together the individual plastic elements seem to be tightly stretched. The surface of the painting looks smooth, almost polished, and the features are strongly stylised with precise brushstrokes. The dolphin is a familiar object, yet it retains a vague hint of strangeness: the rubber dolphin is also a symbol of the encroaching world of media and consumerism, a symbol of excess.

Work Data

Basic Information

Title
Flipper
Painter
Period Produced
Object Type
Physical Description
Oil on canvas
Material
Technique
Label at the Time of Manufacture
Signiert unten rechts: Christa

Property and Acquisition

Institution
Administration
Collection
Creditline
Städel Museum, Frankfurt am Main, Eigentum des Städelschen Museums-Vereins e.V.
Picture Copyright
© Nachlass Christa Dichgans, Contemporary Fine Arts, Berlin
Acquisition
Acquired in 2015, property of the Städelscher Museums-Verein e.V.

Work Content

Motifs and References

Genre
Main Motif
Associated Persons and Institutions

Iconclass

Primary

More to discover

Albums

Contact

Do you have any suggestions, questions or information about this work?

Last update

24.11.2020