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Reinhold Koehler is a German Abstractionist whose creative spirit was awakened by Kurt Schwitters. In the two decades after the Second World War and his untimely death in 1970, Koehler practiced the avant-garde movements of ZERO, 'Nouvelles Realités' and Matter-Painting. During the 1950s, Koehler developed the principle of 'décollage' into a radical expression of torn structures carved out from card by knife. Koehler's individual development of the 'décollage' technique bears testimony to his dedication to the aggressive-destructive moment and reduction, tamed by controlled masterly execution. Along those principles, Koehler forged a remarkable body of work including sand-paintings, works with broken glass and ceramics, and works created with burning forks.

Date:  1961
Period:  20th century
Signature: Signed and dated lower left

Dimensions: 43 x 31 cm (16⁷/₈ x 12¹/₄ inches)
Provenance: The Estate of the Artist.

Literature: OELSCHLÄGEL, Petra, Dieter RONTE and Angela KOEHLER. Reinhold Koehler. Décollage: Werkverzeichnis. Bergisch Gladbach, 2018, no. D1961-3, p. 150, ill.

Categories: Paintings, Drawings & Prints