RS 6/57, Fred Thieler
Fred Thieler
RS 6/57
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Fred Thieler

RS 6/57, 1957

649 x 499 mm
Physical Description
Gouache (screen-printing ink?) in white, red and black, applied with a spatula and incised, on smooth wove cardboard
Inventory Number
Object Number
17121 Z
Can be presented in the study room of the Graphische Sammlung (special opening hours)


About the Work

Around 1954, Fred Thieler put his paintbrush aside, took the scraper in hand and spread splintery colour forms across the entire surfaces of his canvases, cardboards and papers. In the work "RS 6/57" he used the same utensil to layer expansive bands of white, black and red paint one on top of the other. In some places he pushed the paint aside while it was still wet, thus exposing the undermost layer, or even the surface of the paper, in hard lines. This technique forced him to work as fast as possible, since the paint was not allowed to dry. For Thieler, art was not the result of long planning, but spontaneous action and reaction.

Work Data

Basic Information

RS 6/57
Period Produced
Object Type
Physical Description
Gouache (screen-printing ink?) in white, red and black, applied with a spatula and incised, on smooth wove cardboard
Geographic Reference
Production Reason
Label at the Time of Manufacture
Signiert und datiert unten links (mit schwarzem Kugelschreiber): F Thieler 57; verso signiert, datiert und bezeichnet oben mittig: F Thieler / 1957 / "RS 6/57"
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Property and Acquisition

Picture Copyright
© VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2021

Work Content

Motifs and References



  • 0 Abstract, Non-representational Art

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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