Heitere Landschaft IV, Willi Baumeister
Willi Baumeister
Heitere Landschaft IV
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Willi Baumeister

Heitere Landschaft IV, 1949


Dimensions
45.5 x 53.5 cm
Physical Description
Oil on hardboard
Inventory Number
SG 1236
Acquisition
Acquired in 1965
Status
Not on display

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About the Work

Amoeba-like creatures, mysterious hieroglyphics and abstract forms inhabit Willi Baumeister's landscape. Are we being granted a microscopic glimpse into primordial time? Is a utopian future world being presented here? Or are these in fact archetypes which show the timeless state of the world beneath its surface? Influenced by Surrealism, especially by Joan Miró, Baumeister seeks the absolute in reduction and synthesis. 'Cheerful Landscape IV' was created in 1949, when much of Germany still lay devastated, and yet here everything is full of movement. With colours and forms interacting in pulsating vitality, Baumeister formulated an escapist alternative plan to misery and destruction.

Work Data

Basic Information

Title
Heitere Landschaft IV (Original Title)
Title Translation
Cheerful Landscape
Painter
Period Produced
School
Object Type
Physical Description
Oil on hardboard
Material
Technique
Label at the Time of Manufacture
Signiert und datiert unten rechts: Baumeister 49

Property and Acquisition

Institution
Administration
Collection
Creditline
Städel Museum, Frankfurt am Main
Picture Copyright
© VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2020
Acquisition
Acquired in 1965

Work Content

Motifs and References

Genre
Main Motif
Associated Persons and Institutions

Iconclass

Primary
  • 0 Abstract, Non-representational Art
  • 49D32 line (~ planimetry, geometry)
  • 49D322 curved line
  • 49D342(RHOMBUS) regular quadrilateral: rhombus, lozenge
  • 49D43 prism ~ stereometry
  • 22C4 colours, pigments, and paints
Secondary
  • 49D341 irregular quadrilateral
Associative
  • 25H landscapes

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Last update

22.10.2020