Komp. 12.11.48, Julius Bissier
Julius Bissier
Komp. 12.11.48
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Julius Bissier

Komp. 12.11.48, 1948

159 x 238 mm
Physical Description
Woodcut in brown, coloured in monotype manner, on wove paper
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68018 D
Acquired in 2019 as a bequest from Ulrike Crespo from the Karl Ströher Collection
Can be presented in the study room of the Graphische Sammlung (special opening hours)


About the Work

Starting in the late 1920s, Bissier found his way to an expressive vocabulary of his own by way of East Asian ink painting. He now reproduced landscape impressions as abbreviated, sign-like shapes in a setting entirely devoid of pictorial depth. Especially in his woodcuts, the degree of abstraction is so great as to make the representational almost entirely illegible. Now the viewer is called upon to perceive the forms intuitively—including the signature applied with a round cork stamp—in the well-balanced composition.

About the Acquisition

The Städel Museum has the photographer, psychotherapist, philanthropist, and long-time Frankfurt resident Ulrike Crespo (1950–2019) to thank for more than ninety works ranging from classical modernism to American pop art. The paintings, drawings, and prints by Wassily Kandinsky, Otto Dix, Oskar Schlemmer, Max Ernst, Jean Dubuffet, Cy Twombly, and others originally belonged to the holdings of her grandfather, the Darmstadt-based industrialist Karl Ströher (1890–1977), who amassed an extensive art collection after World War II.

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