Komposition Cotem, Carl Buchheister
Carl Buchheister
Komposition Cotem
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Carl Buchheister

Komposition Cotem, 1958

559 x 382 mm
Physical Description
Pencil, pen and brush in black ink on wove paper
Inventory Number
Object Number
17102 Z
Can be presented in the study room of the Graphische Sammlung (special opening hours)


About the Work

World War II led to a break in Carl Buchheister’s artistic work. Whereas he had previously devoted himself to geometric compositions, from 1949 onwards his works were dominated by unbounded forms and open, gestural expression. To the artist’s mind, both mirrored the idea of freedom. In this drawing, he filled the surface with delicate pencil structures. Fine loops and brief dashes glide across the sheet, encircling the white of the paper. Thin pencil lines and wide strokes of ink anchor these individual formal configurations, giving stability to what would otherwise be an orderless composition.

Work Data

Basic Information

Komposition Cotem (Original Title)
Title Translation
Composition Cotem
Period Produced
Object Type
Physical Description
Pencil, pen and brush in black ink on wove paper
Geographic Reference
Production Reason
Label at the Time of Manufacture
Verso signiert, datiert und bezeichnet unten mittig (mit Bleistift): Carl Buchheister / Hannover, Weidetorstr 49 / Komposition Cotem 1958; unten rechts: 38 x 56 // KF/10035; oben rechts (mit blauem Fabstift): 2, bezeichnet mittig (mit Bleistift): Oben, bezeichnet (mit rotem Farbstift): N° 512 Cordier-Francfort
Work Catalogues
  • Buchheister/Kemp 1984.450.1958:18

Property and Acquisition

Picture Copyright
© VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2021

Work Content

Motifs and References



  • 0 Abstract, Non-representational Art

Research and Discussion


Object History
Sammlung Margarethe und Klaus Posselt, Frankfurt/Bonn
Schenkung an das Städelsche Kunstinstitut, Frankfurt am Main, 2011.


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