Ernst Wilhem Nay: Zwei Figuren, 1948, Bleistift auf Papier, 260 x 285 mm. Privatbesitz
Ernst Wilhem Nay: Zwei Figuren, 1948, Bleistift auf Papier, 260 x 289 mm. Privatbesitz
Ernst Wilhem Nay: Zwei Figuren, 1948, Bleistift auf Papier, 257 x 286 mm. Privatbesitz
Ernst Wilhem Nay: Zwei Figuren (vier Zeichnungern) 1948, Bleistift und Pinsel auf Papier, 509 x 572 mm. Privatbesitz
Ernst Wilhem Nay: Zwei Figuren, 1948, Bleistift auf Papier, 250 x 286 mm. Privatbesitz
Ernst Wilhelm Nay’s so-called "Hekate Period" began immediately after the war and continued until 1948, the year in which he executed the coloured gouache Two Figures. In the upper left-hand corner, we clearly discern an angular head seen in profile. The body attached to it consists of triangles, large ovals and small dots lined up to form a chain. The second figure is likewise assembled from two-dimensional geometric forms, but its shape is, for the most part, difficult to make out. This drawing is thus a telling example of Nay’s increasing tendency to allow the figures in his compositions to dissolve into abstract systems of flat zones.
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