From the series: The Functional of Spot and Line, No. 1, Otto Greis
Otto Greis
From the series: The Functional of Spot and Line, No. 1
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Otto Greis

From the series: The Functional of Spot and Line, No. 1, 1953


Blatt
86 x 71 mm
Karton
114 x 108 mm
Physical Description
Mixed technique on oil and water basis on wove with partially blackened edges, mounted on light grey wove cardboard
Inventory Number
16807
Object Number
16807 Z
Status
Can be presented in the study room of the Graphische Sammlung (special opening hours)

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About the Work

In February of 1953, Otto Greis – a native of Frankfurt – produced the series "The Functional of Spot and Line" consisting of 75 drawings. In these works, the artist found different ways of having the dot and the line enter into dialogue, always in pursuit of their spatial effect in the process. In each case, he covered a sheet of light-shaded paper with black, red and sulphur-yellow paint, which took on cloudy forms. To these colour zones he added white or red drips, splatters or sweeps. In cases where the water- and oil-based paints repelled one another, these additions formed beads on the surface. Elsewhere, the bright accents stand out from the surface in relief-like manner, introducing a third dimension to the drawing.

Work Data

Basic Information

Title
From the series: The Functional of Spot and Line, No. 1
Draughtsman
Period Produced
Object Type
Physical Description
Mixed technique on oil and water basis on wove with partially blackened edges, mounted on light grey wove cardboard
Material
Technique
Geographic Reference
Production Reason
Label at the Time of Manufacture
Signiert und datiert unten rechts (mit Pinsel in Weiß): Greis 53
Watermark
  • Nicht vorhanden
Work Catalogues
  • Nicht bei Maier-Speicher

Property and Acquisition

Institution
Administration
Collection
Creditline
Städel Museum, Frankfurt am Main
Picture Copyright
© Nachlass Otto Greis

Work Content

Motifs and References

Genre

Iconclass

Primary
  • 0 Abstract, Non-representational Art

Research and Discussion

Provenance

Object History
Nachlass Otto Greis (Margarete Bolza-Greis), 2001
Schenkung an das Städelsche Kunstinstitut, Frankfurt am Main, 2003.

Information

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Last update

15.02.2021