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    Sale 11798

    Post-War and Contemporary Art Day Auction

    30 June 2016, London, King Street

  • Lot 178

    WILLI BAUMEISTER (1889-1955)

    Lyrik mit weißen Formen (Gelb-Orange) (Poetry with White Forms (Yellow-Orange))

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    WILLI BAUMEISTER (1889-1955)
    Lyrik mit weißen Formen (Gelb-Orange) (Poetry with White Forms (Yellow-Orange))
    signed 'Baumeister' (lower right); titled and dated 'Lyrik mit weißen Formen (Gelb-Orange) 8.49' (on the reverse)
    oil with artificial resin on card
    12 5/8 x 19 5/8in. (32 x 50cm.)
    Executed in 1949

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    ‘The figural element is missing. There is not a sign of people; the stage is set, the cue has been given, but man does not appear. It seems as if he feared the very fact of man’s existence - no matter if merely make-believe - would distrub the absoluteness of the gaiety, the metaphysics of the landscape … Baumeister has replaced the figures with pure, geometrical forms - segments of circles, ellipses, conical sections - and pure colours - blue, yellow, red. And, as in that picture, the contrast between abstraction and animation, law and chance, produces the tension of reason and instinct, mind and matter, metaphysics and physics. The landscape is itself an allegory (...), a myth of our times, living not in the past but in the future’
    (W. Grohmann, Willi Baumeister, Life and Work, London, 1961, p. 110).

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    Etta and Otto Stangl Collection, Munich.
    Anon. Sale, Neumeister Munich, 29 May 2008, lot 624.
    Acquired at the above sale by the present owner.


    P. Beye and F. Baumeister, Willi Baumeister, Werkkatalog der Germälde, Band II, Ostfildern 2002, no. 1322 (illustrated in colour, p. 291).


    Munich, Bayerische Staatsgemäldesammlungen - Staatsgalerie moderner Kunst, Sammlung Stangl - Von Klee bis Poliakoff, no. 210 (illustrated, p. 291). This exhibition later travelled to Münster, Westfälisches Landemuseum.