Schwarze Formen schwebend, Willi Baumeister
Willi Baumeister
Schwarze Formen schwebend
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Willi Baumeister

Schwarze Formen schwebend, 1950

34.5 x 44 cm
Physical Description
Oil on cardboard
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Acquired in 2019 as a bequest from Ulrike Crespo from the Karl Ströher Collection
Not on display


About the Work

Abstract black shapes are distributed across an uneven sandy-white painting surface. No colour is present to distract from their organic-looking forms. Like runes or symbols, they seem to tell a story, while at the same time defying interpretation. Willi Baumeister was interested in prehistoric artefacts as well as the art of Africa and Asia. In his work, symbol-like forms such as these recur in his ornamental structures in ever new variations.

About the Acquisition

The Städel Museum has the photographer, psychotherapist, philanthropist, and long-time Frankfurt resident Ulrike Crespo (1950–2019) to thank for more than ninety works ranging from classical modernism to American pop art. The paintings, drawings, and prints by Wassily Kandinsky, Otto Dix, Oskar Schlemmer, Max Ernst, Jean Dubuffet, Cy Twombly, and others originally belonged to the holdings of her grandfather, the Darmstadt-based industrialist Karl Ströher (1890–1977), who amassed an extensive art collection after World War II.

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