Ohne Titel, A. R. Penck
A. R. Penck
Ohne Titel
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A. R. Penck

Ohne Titel, 1964


Dimensions
148.0 x 139.0 cm
Physical Description
Dispersion on drapery
Inventory Number
SG 1270
Acquisition
Acquired in 1990
Status
Not on display

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About the Work

Head first and unrestrained, five unprotected stickmen plunge into a diffuse and seemingly limitless space. Rushed brushstrokes applied unsystematically in the background accelerate the speed of their free fall. The figure in the middle is marked with an ‘R’ – it could be the artist’s alter ego. The reduced palette and forms in ‘Untitled’ are typical of Penck’s ‘System Paintings’ of the early 1960s. The bottomless fall in ‘Untitled’ reflects Penck’s precarious situation and that of art in general in what was then East Germany.

About the Acquisition

Gabriele Quandt-Langenscheidt, the daughter of the German industrialist Harald Quandt and his wife, Inge Bandekow, was awarded her Master of Business Administration at the French business school INSEAD in 1985. As a result of various industrial shareholdings, she is one of the wealthiest women in Germany. She is also the chairwoman of the Harald Quandt Holding, which administers the fortune of the heirs of Harald Quandt. Since 1986 she has been married to the German publisher Florian Langenscheidt, with whom she has two sons. The couple founded 'Children for a Better World', which encourages the involvement of children and young people in volunteer work. Each year, particularly successful initiatives receive awards.

Work Data

Basic Information

Title
Ohne Titel (Original Title)
Title Translation
Untitled
Painter
Period Produced
School
Object Type
Physical Description
Dispersion on drapery
Material
Technique
Label at the Time of Manufacture
Bezeichnet in der Mitte: R (im Quadrat)

Property and Acquisition

Institution
Administration
Collection
Creditline
Städel Museum, Frankfurt am Main
Picture Copyright
© VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2020
Acquisition
Acquired in 1990

Work Content

Motifs and References

Genre
Main Motif
Associated Persons and Institutions

Iconclass

Primary
  • 0 Abstract, Non-representational Art
  • 49D32 line (~ planimetry, geometry)
  • 49L1 letters, alphabet, script
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Last update

24.11.2020