Untitled, Gotthard Graubner
Gotthard Graubner
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Gotthard Graubner

Untitled, 1982

768 x 562 mm
Physical Description
Charcoal over widely spread charcoal dust or cast with fabric texture, smudged near edges, on grey wove cardboard
Inventory Number
SG 3406
Object Number
SG 3406 Z
Not on display


About the Work

Gotthard Graubner covered a sheet of thick cardboard with delicately modulated, cloudy structures from edge to edge. To that end, he had applied charcoal to a piece of canvas which he then pressed firmly onto the cardboard surface. He thus transferred the canvas texture, which the drawing cardboard does not possess. Next, again using charcoal, he added a wide-meshed weave of loosely curving lines, which he rubbed around the edges. This makes the edges look rounded, such that the picture surface seems to bulge forward. The artist thus achieved the effect of a three-dimensional ‘picture-body’ with the mediums of drawing.

Work Data

Basic Information

Period Produced
Object Type
Physical Description
Charcoal over widely spread charcoal dust or cast with fabric texture, smudged near edges, on grey wove cardboard
Geographic Reference
Production Reason
  • Nicht vorhanden

Property and Acquisition

Städel Museum, Frankfurt am Main
Picture Copyright
© VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2024

Work Content

Motifs and References



  • 0 Abstract, Non-representational Art

Research and Discussion


Object History
Kunsthandel Deutschland
erworben von der Städtischen Galerie, Frankfurt am Main, 1990.


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