The third world pushing its way to the regulars' table, Werner Büttner
Werner Büttner
The third world pushing its way to the regulars' table
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Werner Büttner

The third world pushing its way to the regulars' table, 1981


Dimensions
141.0 x 110.5 cm
Physical Description
Oil on canvas
Inventory Number
2458
Acquisition
Acquired in 2015 as a gift
Status
Not exhibited

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About the Work

The soldiers crowding round the regulars' table have been firmly interwoven with the blackish-grey background by the brushwork. The subject of the painting and the location become one, almost to the point of dissolution. However, the white spiked helmets enable us to clearly identify the menacing-looking subject matter. Influenced by the title, we surmise that the soldiers are black-skinned. What Werner Büttner's work is articulating here is a politically motivated exploration of social realities typical of the artist, whereby the artist never takes clear sides. Ironic moments are paired with everyday politics, bar-room clichés with sarcastic humour - resulting in a form of painting which is rich in allusions and resolutely refuses to be categorised regarding its content.

Work Data

Basic Information

Title
The third world pushing its way to the regulars' table
Painter
Period Produced
Object Type
Physical Description
Oil on canvas
Material
Technique
Label at the Time of Manufacture
Signiert und datiert unten rechts: Büttner 81

Property and Acquisition

Institution
Administration
Collection
Picture Copyright
© VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2019
Acquisition
Acquired in 2015 as a gift

Work Content

Motifs and References

Genre
Main Motif

Iconclass

Primary
  • 45B the soldier; the soldier's life
  • 31A231 standing figure
  • 45C2 military clothing and other equipment (uniforms, cap, armour, helmet, etc.)
  • 45C221 helmet
  • 23R14 night
Secondary

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26.09.2019