Untitled (head), Sigmar Polke
Sigmar Polke
Untitled (head)
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Sigmar Polke

Untitled (head), ca. 1967 – 1968

295 x 210 mm
Physical Description
Watercolour on thin wove paper
Inventory Number
SG 3397
Object Number
SG 3397 Z
Can be presented in the study room of the Graphische Sammlung (special opening hours)


About the Work

Rather than taking full advantage of the medium’s painterly qualities – as artists like Emil Nolde or Ernst Wilhelm Nay had done –, Sigmar Polke worked primarily with graphic lines in this watercolour drawing. He constructed an abstract face from loosely assembled, sometimes intersecting straight lines, acute angles and soft curves. The result is reminiscent of the constructive and rhythmic compositions of classical modern art. Polke supplemented these elements with a few three-dimensionally worked forms as well as a grid and a group of small dots.

Work Data

Basic Information

Untitled (head)
Period Produced
Object Type
Physical Description
Watercolour on thin wove paper
Geographic Reference
Production Reason
Label at the Time of Manufacture
Nicht bezeichnet
Captions Added Later
Verso unten links Stempel der Städtischen Galerie, Frankfurt am Main (Lugt 2371c), mit zugehöriger Inventarnummer
  • Nicht vorhanden

Property and Acquisition

Städel Museum, Frankfurt am Main
Picture Copyright
© The Estate Sigmar Polke, Cologne / VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2023

Work Content

Motifs and References


  • 0 Abstract, Non-representational Art

Research and Discussion


Object History
Kunsthandel Deutschland
verkauft an die Städtische Galerie, Frankfurt am Main, 1989.


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