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Otto Piene (1928-2014)
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Otto Piene (1928-2014)

Feuerblume - Yellow edged fire flower

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Otto Piene (1928-2014)
Feuerblume - Yellow edged fire flower
signed, titled and dated '"Feuerblume" OPiene 63 "Yellow Edged Fire Flower"' (on the stretcher)
oil and soot on canvas
130 x 100 cm.
Executed in 1963
Provenance
Galerie Hans Reetmann, Berlin.
Acquired from the above by the present owner in 1979.
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Lot Essay

'In the making of smoke drawings the eye is more important than the hand. Bodily involvement is relatively modest compared to, say, the gesture-rich practice of the Informal painter. Direct contact of hand-to-paper does not occur. (...) The smoke drawings are without "handwriting". Anonymity of the author is widely sustained. My individual moods do not seek prominence; play a minor role only (except for heightened awareness, i.e., sensibility). I think that my artistic involvement, particularly because of my observing distance to my actions, is at least as strong as with drawing in a commonly accepted sense. It is above all in the observing, in the strategy of directing the means. I would gladly withdraw into the background even further, make my author's individuality felt even less, let the force of light work even more authoritatively - in order to further suspend materiality and thus gain greater freedom.' (Otto Piene quoted in: Otto Piene. Ölbilder, Rauchzeichnungen, Lichtmodelle, Lichtballett, exh.cat. Galerie Diogenes, Berlin 1960. Cited in A. Glibota, Otto Piene, Villorba 2011, p. 106)

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