Untitled, Hann Trier
Hann Trier
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Hann Trier

Untitled, 1964

757 x 636 mm
Physical Description
Watercolour on slightly yellowish wove paper
Inventory Number
Object Number
17124 Z
Acquired in 2011 as a gift from Margarethe and Klaus Posselt
Can be presented in the study room of the Graphische Sammlung (special opening hours)


About the Work

From around 1954 onwards, Hann Trier preferred to paint with a brush in each hand. In the process, he moved the brushes back and forth, away from and towards the centre of his body, now more rapidly, now more slowly. “I dance with the brushes”[1], is how he described his technique. In the early 1960s, he came to favour broader brushstrokes and lighter hues, as seen in this watercolour. The composition resembles that of Trier’s painting Boreas of 1965. In Greek mythology, ""Boreas"" is the name of the north wind that brings the cold and snow of winter. The abstract composition conveys the force and dynamic of that wind, but also a sense of lightness and airiness.

[1] Hann Trier: Bemerkungen zu Bildern. Text zur Ausstellung der Galerie Nickel, Bad Godesberg 1968, printed in:

Hann Trier. Gemälde, Zeichnungen, Graphiken 1951–1972, Exh.-Cat., Rheinisches Landesmuseum, Bonn

1972, p. 42.

Work Data

Basic Information

Period Produced
Object Type
Physical Description
Watercolour on slightly yellowish wove paper
Geographic Reference
Production Reason
Label at the Time of Manufacture
Signiert und datiert unten rechts (mit dem Pinsel in Hellgrün): hTrier 64
  • Nicht vorhanden

Property and Acquisition

Städel Museum, Frankfurt am Main
Picture Copyright
© Kunststiftung Hann Trier / VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2022
Acquired in 2011 as a gift from Margarethe and Klaus Posselt

Work Content

Motifs and References



  • 0 Abstract, Non-representational Art

Research and Discussion


Object History
Sammlung Margarethe und Klaus Posselt, Frankfurt/Bonn
Schenkung an das Städelsche Kunstinstitut, Frankfurt am Main, 2011.


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