Sinus, Ernst Wilhelm Nay
Ernst Wilhelm Nay
Sinus
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Ernst Wilhelm Nay

Sinus, 1966


Dimensions
162.0 x 150.0 cm
Physical Description
Oil on canvas
Inventory Number
2271
Acquisition
Acquired in 2009 as a gift from Elisabeth Nay-Scheibler
Status
On display, lower level, Contemporary Art

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About the Work

‘Sinus’ features a black form protruding vertically into the picture and flanked by a strong yellow. The colours are garish and luminous, but the colour palette is reduced to a minimum. White is introduced not in the form of paint but by leaving some areas of the prepared canvas blank, so that the painted shapes form a unity with the picture ground. This dynamic late work was strongly influenced by the American hard-edge style and struck a completely new note in German post-war painting.

Work Data

Basic Information

Title
Sinus (Original Title)
Painter
Period Produced
School
Object Type
Physical Description
Oil on canvas
Material
Technique

Property and Acquisition

Institution
Administration
Collection
Creditline
Städel Museum, Frankfurt am Main
Picture Copyright
© Elisabeth Nay-Scheibler, Köln / VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2021
Acquisition
Acquired in 2009 as a gift from Elisabeth Nay-Scheibler

Work Content

Motifs and References

Genre
Main Motif

Iconclass

Primary
  • 0 Abstract, Non-representational Art
  • 49D43 prism ~ stereometry
  • 22C4(YELLOW) colours, pigments, and paints: yellow
  • 22C4(BLACK) colours, pigments, and paints: black
  • 22C4(WHITE) colours, pigments, and paints: white
  • 49D322 curved line
  • 49D36 circle (~ planimetry, geometry)

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Last update

25.01.2021