6 February 2003
Emil Schumacher (1912-1999)
signed and dated 'Schumacher 59' (lower right); signed again and titled 'Monzuba Schumacher' (on the stretcher)
oil and sand on paper laid down on canvas
66 1/8 x 52in. (170.5 x 132cm.)
Executed in 1959
Herbert Kurtz, Dresden.
Acquired from the above by the present owner in 1972.
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T. Zaunschirn, Die fünfziger Jahre, Munich 1980 (illustrated in colour, p. 121).
Münster, Westfälischer Kunstverein, Emil Schumacher, 1962.
São Paulo, Museo de Arte Moderne, Biennale de São Paulo, September-December 1959.
Schumacher's artistic career began before the Second World War with a formal vocabulary incorporating both realistic and expressionistic forms. He first introduced abstract forms to his work in 1951 and kept this at the heart of his artistic challenge throughout his life. "The drama of creating the first line is part of the creation process. I do anything, in order to provoke myself, even if this means polluting the surface, just to have done something with complete liberty. This in turn challenges me to the next step." (E. Schumacher, in: Emil Schumacher, Gouaches from the 1980's, exh. cat. Saarland Museum, Saarbrücken 1992, p.32).
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