Museum Folkwang
Bran - Bild vom 25.11.57
  • Karl Otto Götz
  • Bran - Bild vom 25.11.57, 1957

  • Bran - Picture from 25.11.57
  • Casein paint on zinc-white chalk ground on canvas
  • 145,5 x 120,5 cm
  • Acquired in 1958 with the support of the City of Essen
  • Inv. G 293
  • CommentaryIn the late nineteen-forties, K. O. Götz developed his informal, heavily gestural style of painting by experimenting with different printing techniques. He tried priming his canvases with an extra layer of glue and after painting on top of this, proceeded to remove or redistribute the paint in much the same temperament, which he did using brushes and other utensils of his own making. He invented his hallmark »raked paintings« at first in bold black, and later with blue, yellow, and red mixed in. As can be seen here in ›Bran – Bild vom 25.11.57‹ (Bran—Picture from 25.11.57), these works are not about simplification; rather, they are about modeling pictorial space and the didactic exploration of all the many different ways of approaching one specific theme, namely the interaction of »figure« and background—that is to say, the composition of single works executed in a similar style, but in different orders of magnitude. Over the years, Götz developed a fascinating scheme of sweeping diagonals and swirling vortices, which he then reworked in endless variations as spontaneous as they were dynamic.
  • Provenance1958, K. O. Götz
    1958, Museum Folkwang, Essen
  • Obj_Id: 3,294
  • Obj_Internet_S: ja
  • Obj_Ownership_S (Verantw):Painting, Sculpture, Media Art
  • Obj_SpareNField01_N (Verantw): 187
  • Obj_Creditline_S: Gemäldesammlung
  • Obj_Title1_S: Bran - Bild vom 25.11.57
  • Obj_Title2_S: Bran - Picture from 25.11.57
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  • Obj_Dating_S: 1957
  • Jahr von: 1,957
  • Jahr bis: 1,957
  • Obj_IdentNr_S: G 293
  • Obj_IdentNrSort_S: G 0293
  • Obj_Classification_S (Objtyp): Painting
  • Obj_Crate_S: 145,5 x 120,5 cm
  • Obj_Material_S: Casein paint on zinc-white chalk ground on canvas
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  • Obj_SpareSField01_S (Mat./Tech.): Casein paint on zinc-white chalk ground on canvas
  • Obj_AccNote_S (Erwerb): Acquired in 1958 with the support of the City of Essen
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  • Obj_Rights_S: © VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2017
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In the late nineteen-forties, K. O. Götz developed his informal, heavily gestural style of painting by experimenting with different printing techniques. He tried priming his canvases with an extra layer of glue and after painting on top of this, proceeded to remove or redistribute the paint in much the same temperament, which he did using brushes and other utensils of his own making. He invented his hallmark »raked paintings« at first in bold black, and later with blue, yellow, and red mixed in. As can be seen here in ›Bran – Bild vom 25.11.57‹ (Bran—Picture from 25.11.57), these works are not about simplification; rather, they are about modeling pictorial space and the didactic exploration of all the many different ways of approaching one specific theme, namely the interaction of »figure« and background—that is to say, the composition of single works executed in a similar style, but in different orders of magnitude. Over the years, Götz developed a fascinating scheme of sweeping diagonals and swirling vortices, which he then reworked in endless variations as spontaneous as they were dynamic.