Self-Portrait, Johannes Grützke
Johannes Grützke
Self-Portrait
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Johannes Grützke

Self-Portrait, July 23, 1979


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1000 x 1065 mm
Physical Description
Pastel chalks in black, pink, light yellow, light blue and white, partially stumped, on brown packing paper with six indentations made by burning and traces of smouldering on bottom edge
Inventory Number
17623
Object Number
17623 Z
Acquisition
Acquired in 2017
Status
Not on display

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In 1979, Johannes Grützke was commissioned to paint the altarpiece "Christ with the Doubting Thomas" for the chapel at Gifhorn Castle in Lower Saxony. He carried out several drawings in preparation, including this large-scale pastel. It was his own mirror image that served him here as a model. However, he depicted his body unharmed – without Christ’s stigmata. Instead, the sheet of paper exhibits ‘injuries’ at the lower edge in the form of burn marks. The light-hued pastel chalks stand out against the tinted paper. The artist used chiaroscuro contrasts to investigate light effects and the plasticity of the body.

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07.06.2024