Roter Wimpel, Karl Otto Götz
Karl Otto Götz
Roter Wimpel
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Karl Otto Götz

Roter Wimpel, 1946

470 x 683 mm
491 x 696 mm
Physical Description
Tempera, scratched, on thin cardboard, mounted on cardboard
Inventory Number
Object Number
17108 Z
Acquired in 2011 as a gift from Margarethe and Klaus Posselt
Not on display


About the Work

In this work, Karl Otto Götz combined slightly distorted geometric forms with human-like figures striding somnambulistically through the pictorial space as on a stage. He immersed the body forms in dark green and purple, adding isolated accents in vivid yellow, orange and red. As he worked, he applied the paints so thickly that they virtually form a relief on the cardboard. In the background, on the other hand, he used a brush and scraper to spread out the bands of colour relatively thinly, thus bringing out the figures’ plasticity all the more distinctly. The brushstrokes and impressions made by the scraper are clearly discernible and testify to the artist’s growing interest in gestural expression.

Work Data

Basic Information

Roter Wimpel (Original Title)
Title Translation
Red Pennant
Period Produced
Object Type
Physical Description
Tempera, scratched, on thin cardboard, mounted on cardboard
Geographic Reference
Production Reason
Label at the Time of Manufacture
Signiert und datiert unten links (mit dem Pinsel in Gelb und Violett): Götz 46
Captions Added Later
Verso bezeichnet auf dem Montierungsbogen oben links (mit schwarzem Filzstift): K. O. Götz / 5009 / "Roter Wimpel" 1946 / 46 x 68
Verso bezeichnet (anderer Filzstift): 2101/87
Verso gestempelt oben links: 5009
Verso bezeichnet oben mittig (mit Bleistift): M69040
Verso bezeichnet (verwischte weiße Kreide): 908
Verso oben mittig rundes Sammleretikett: SAMMLUNG MARGARETHE UND KLAUS POSSELT [gedruckt in Rot] / No. 45 [in Filzstift]
Verso unten rechts Aufkleber vom 1. Juni 1991
Verso kleiner Aufkleber in Rot gestempelt: 125.
  • Nicht vorhanden

Property and Acquisition

Städel Museum, Frankfurt am Main
Picture Copyright
© VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2023
Acquired in 2011 as a gift from Margarethe and Klaus Posselt

Work Content

Motifs and References



  • 5 Abstract Ideas and Concepts
  • 41B1 open fire (in general)
  • 44A3(+0) flag, colours (as symbol of the state, etc.) (+ variant)

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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