From the series: The Functional of Spot and Line, No. 55, Otto Greis
Otto Greis
From the series: The Functional of Spot and Line, No. 55
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Otto Greis

From the series: The Functional of Spot and Line, No. 55, 1953


Blatt
198 x 146 mm
Karton
223 x 172 mm
Physical Description
Mixed technique on oil and water basis on laid paper with blackened edge, mounted on slightly greenish wove cardboard
Inventory Number
16815
Object Number
16815 Z
Status
Not on display

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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.

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Title
From the series: The Functional of Spot and Line, No. 55
Draughtsman
Period Produced
Object Type
Physical Description
Mixed technique on oil and water basis on laid paper with blackened edge, mounted on slightly greenish wove cardboard
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Label at the Time of Manufacture
Signiert und datiert unten rechts (mit Pinsel in Braun): Greis 53
Watermark
  • Nicht vorhanden
Work Catalogues
  • Nicht bei Maier-Speicher

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

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  • 0 Abstract, Non-representational Art

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15.02.2021