Green – Violet Center, Ad Reinhardt
Ad Reinhardt
Green – Violet Center
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Ad Reinhardt

Green – Violet Center, 1943


Dimensions
100.0 x 50.0 cm
Physical Description
Oil on canvas
Inventory Number
2344
Acquisition
Acqiured in 2010 with funds from the Städelkomitee 21. Jahrhundert. Property of the Städelscher Museums-Verein e.V.
Status
On display

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About the Work

Bold green and glowing violet elements float in a field at the centre of a dark background. The coarser, more sombre structure of the latter is separated off by a painted frame, creating the impression of two paintings, one behind the other. The blackish grey surfaces are subtly modulated, an effect Ad Reinhardt intensified later in his famous ‘Black Paintings’. Reinhardt’s works are painted negation – an existential denial of any and all objectivity, perhaps even of the world itself. At the same time, however, a new beginning – a new world – emerges from within them.

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Title
Green – Violet Center (Original Title)
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Oil on canvas
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© VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2019
Acquisition
Acqiured in 2010 with funds from the Städelkomitee 21. Jahrhundert. Property of the Städelscher Museums-Verein e.V.

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  • 0 Abstract, Non-representational Art
  • 49D342 regular quadrilateral
  • 49D341 irregular quadrilateral
  • 48C5142 picture within picture
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15.05.2019