Marder-Mandorla, Gerhard Altenbourg
Gerhard Altenbourg
Marder-Mandorla
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Gerhard Altenbourg

Marder-Mandorla, 1982 – 1984


Blatt
490 x 340 mm
Physical Description
Gouache, powder paint, watercolour, pencil, Chinese ink over lithograph on cream-coloured wove paper, mounted on laid paper
Inventory Number
17100
Object Number
17100 Z
Status
Can be presented in the study room of the Graphische Sammlung (special opening hours)

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About the Work

For this work, Gerhard Altenbourg drew on a print – now a lithograph he had made of two large heads facing one another and enclosed in a subdivided roundish form. He covered this image with tiny, densely placed dots and filigree strokes. To that end, he presumably employed an extremely fine marten-hair brush of the kind otherwise used by, for example, Indian miniature painters. He thus created the effect of a multi-layered, pale golden ornamental picture. His title confronts the “mandorla” otherwise surrounding Christ – a symbol of dignity in medieval Christian art – with the vicious marten whose hairs he had used to execute the artwork.

Work Data

Basic Information

Title
Marder-Mandorla (Original Title)
Title Translation
Marten Mandorla
Draughtsman
Period Produced
Object Type
Physical Description
Gouache, powder paint, watercolour, pencil, Chinese ink over lithograph on cream-coloured wove paper, mounted on laid paper
Material
Technique
Geographic Reference
Production Reason
Label at the Time of Manufacture
"monogrammiert unten mittig (mit Pinsel in Schwarz): Altenbourg 1984 /GA 1982, betitelt viertelhoch links (mit Feder in Schwarz): Marder-Mandorla; verso unten mittig (mit Pinsel in Schwarz): Altenbourg / 84/35.
In der Darstellung unten mittig Trockenstempel der Sammlung Gerhard Altenbourg, Altenburg (Lugt 3202)"
Captions Added Later
Verso bezeichnet unten rechts (mit Bleistift): BE 5376
Watermark
  • Nicht geprüft
Work Catalogues
  • Janda III.84/35

Property and Acquisition

Institution
Administration
Collection
Picture Copyright
© VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2021

Work Content

Motifs and References

Genre

Iconclass

Primary
  • 0 Abstract, Non-representational Art
  • 31A24(+3) postures of the head (+ sideview, profile)

Research and Discussion

Provenance

Object History
Lotar Rubow, Viersen
Höppner
Auktion 703, Lempertz, Köln, 1994, Nr. 444
Galerie Brusberg Berlin
Galerie Posselt, Bonn
Privatbesitz Bonn, erworben 1999.
Sammlung Margarethe und Klaus Posselt, Frankfurt/Bonn
Schenkung an das Städelsche Kunstinstitut, Frankfurt am Main, 2011.

Information

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Last update

15.02.2021