Untitled, Karl Otto Götz
Karl Otto Götz
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Karl Otto Götz

Untitled, 1957

648 x 500 mm
Physical Description
Gouache (distemper?) in purple and black on white cardboard
Inventory Number
Object Number
17110 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

For this drawing, Karl Otto Götz chose very smooth cardboard that did not absorb the paint as quickly, thus allowing the gouache paint to glide across the surface better. He began by priming the surface with glue. Next, he used a brush to paint a purple band into which he then very quickly and energetically worked black paint. Finally, he took the squeegee in hand and, with angular sweeps, pushed the paint aside, re-exposing the cardboard ground. By these means he succeeded in interweaving the dynamic forms with one another and integrating the ‘background’ into the composition. “There are no longer isolated forms, but rather each formal element blends with the neighbouring ones; everything is interrelated”[1], Götz later explained.

[1] K. O. Götz. Erinnerungen und Werk, Band Ib, Düsseldorf 1983, p. 957

Work Data

Basic Information

Period Produced
Object Type
Physical Description
Gouache (distemper?) in purple and black on white cardboard
Geographic Reference
Production Reason
Label at the Time of Manufacture
Signiert unten mittig (mit Pinsel in schwarzer Gouache): K. O. Götz
Verso signiert und datiert (mit Pinsel in Schwarz): K. O. Götz / 1957
Captions Added Later
Bleistiftmarkierung an rechter Kante [teilweise angeschnitten]
Verso runder Sammlungsstempel in Blau: SAMMLUNG*RISSA GÖTZ (nicht bei Lugt)
  • Nicht vorhanden

Property and Acquisition

Städel Museum, Frankfurt am Main
Picture Copyright
© VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2024
Acquired in 2011 as a gift from Margarethe and Klaus Posselt

Work Content

Motifs and References



  • 5 Abstract Ideas and Concepts

Research and Discussion


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


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