Pale Mirror, Sean Scully
Sean Scully
Pale Mirror
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Sean Scully

Pale Mirror, 1999


Dimensions
250.0 x 220.0 cm
Physical Description
Oil on canvas
Inventory Number
2372
Acquisition
Acquired in 2011 as a gift from Sean Scully
Status
Not on display

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About the Work

The canvas as a mirror of reality - one of the great metaphors that recur in painting. In his 'Pale Mirror', Sean Scully takes it up in the title and demonstrates its validity even for non-representational painting. The pale-coloured bars, whose geometric forms and arrangement initially appear completely abstract, are not only an expression of the intellectual rigour one finds, for example, in the works of Piet Mondrian. The differently executed rectangles - whose surfaces are sometimes smooth, sometimes rough; whose edges are not only sharp, but also soft; which are drawn with large brushstrokes; and which seem to conceal a black background - convey a particular form of sensuousness. The resulting contrast of Minimalist elements and emotional painting releases a tension which the artist balances out in an act of painterly equilibrium - an appeal for a reality which is only to be found in the fragile in-between spaces.

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Title
Pale Mirror (Original Title)
Painter
Period Produced
School
Object Type
Physical Description
Oil on canvas
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Technique

Property and Acquisition

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Collection
Creditline
Städel Museum, Frankfurt am Main
Picture Copyright
© Sean Scully
Acquisition
Acquired in 2011 as a gift from Sean Scully

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Primary
  • 0 Abstract, Non-representational Art
  • 49D34 quadrilateral (~ planimetry, geometry)
  • 22C4(BLACK) colours, pigments, and paints: black
  • 22C4(GREY) colours, pigments, and paints (GREY)
  • 22C4(BEIGE) colours, pigments, and paints (BEIGE)

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24.11.2020