Rotklang, Ernst Wilhelm Nay
Ernst Wilhelm Nay
Rotklang
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Ernst Wilhelm Nay

Rotklang, 1962


Dimensions
240.0 x 190.0 cm
Physical Description
Mixed technique on canvas (probably oil, tempera, gum arabic partly mixed with each other)
Inventory Number
2095
Acquisition
Acquired in 1963. Property of the Städelscher Museums-Verein e.V.
Status
On display

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About the Work

The first impression made by Ernst Wilhelm Nay’s ‘disc paintings’ is one of dynamic movement. The edges are trimmed, so that the pictures seem to point beyond their edges. In this sense, Nay adopted the Abstract Expressionist ‘all-over’ approach. Concurrently with his theoretical reflections, his painting developed towards a two-dimensional abstraction with a rhythmical use of colour. Colour is at the heart of his design principles. In ‘Rotklang’, red, orange and yellow dominate, and there are accents of black and white along with glimpses of green and blue.

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  • Kunst|Stück – Ernst Wilhelm Nay: Rotklang
    Sammlungshighlights des Städel Museums in unterhaltsamen und informativen Filmen – das sind die Kunst|Stücke. Entdecken Sie spannende Details zu Kunstwerken aus ungewöhnlichen Blickwinkeln in unter zwei Minuten. Ernst Wilhelm Nay: Rotklang (1962), Städel Museum Frankfurt. http://www.staedelmuseum.de/de/highlights-der-sammlung#yt

Work Data

Basic Information

Title
Rotklang (Original Title)
Painter
Period Produced
School
Object Type
Physical Description
Mixed technique on canvas (probably oil, tempera, gum arabic partly mixed with each other)
Material
Technique
Label at the Time of Manufacture
Signiert und datiert unten rechts: Nay 62

Property and Acquisition

Institution
Administration
Collection
Picture Copyright
© Elisabeth Nay-Scheibler, Köln / VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2019
Acquisition
Acquired in 1963. Property of the Städelscher Museums-Verein e.V.

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Main Motif
Associated Persons and Institutions

Iconclass

Primary
  • 0 Abstract, Non-representational Art
  • 49D32 line (~ planimetry, geometry)
  • 49D43 prism ~ stereometry
  • 49D36 circle (~ planimetry, geometry)
  • 22C4(RED) colours, pigments, and paints: red
  • 22C4(YELLOW) colours, pigments, and paints: yellow
  • 22C4(ORANGE) colours, pigments, and paints (ORANGE)

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06.08.2019