Décollage pur et brûlé
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Reinhold Koehler

Décollage pur et brûlé

Whitford Fine Art

Date 1961

Period 20th century

Dimension 43 x 31 cm (16⁷/₈ x 12¹/₄ inches)

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

Dimension: 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.

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European and British 20th Century painting and sculpture, with an emphasis on Post-War Abstraction and British Pop Art.

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