Museum Folkwang
Basra Gate III
  • Frank Stella
  • Basra Gate III, 1969

  • Acrylic on canvas
  • 240 x 450 cm
  • Acquired in 1970 with support of the Folkwang-Museumsverein
  • Inv. G 370
  • CommentaryAt the beginning of the 1960s, Frank Stella travelled to the Middle East. Fascinated by Islamic art and culture, after his return he began a series of large format paintings whose titles refer to Parthian cities and archeological monuments in the region. Basra is the name of one the four historical city gates of the Iraqi capital of Baghdad.
    Beginning with the circular outline of the old town of Baghdad, Stella made a half-circular canvas, divided into fan-like color fields. The mechanical color application and the binding form precisely constructed with a drawing instrument – characteristic of so-called Hard Edge painting – show no individual hand; at the same time the work has a radiating and intensive colorfulness. The abstract composition of ›Basra Gate‹ thus mediates an almost ornamental gaiety which can be associated with the geographical reference point, far from any illustrative hints.
  • Provenance1970, Galerie Rudolf Zwirner, Köln
  • Obj_Id: 3,537
  • Obj_Internet_S: ja
  • Obj_Ownership_S (Verantw):Painting, Sculpture, Media Art
  • Obj_SpareNField01_N (Verantw): 187
  • Obj_Creditline_S: Gemäldesammlung
  • Obj_Title1_S: Basra Gate III
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  • Obj_PartDescription_S (Titelerg):
  • Obj_SpareMField01_M (Alle Titel): Basra Gate III Basra Gate III Basra Tor III
  • Obj_Dating_S: 1969
  • Jahr von: 1,969
  • Jahr bis: 1,969
  • Obj_IdentNr_S: G 370
  • Obj_IdentNrSort_S: G 0370
  • Obj_Classification_S (Objtyp): Painting
  • Obj_Crate_S: 240 x 450 cm
  • Obj_Material_S: Acrylic on canvas
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  • Obj_SpareSField01_S (Mat./Tech.): Acrylic on canvas
  • Obj_AccNote_S (Erwerb): Acquired in 1970 with support of the Folkwang-Museumsverein
  • Obj_PermanentLocation_S (Standort): Internal Exhibition: Sammlung 20. und 21. Jahrhundert, Neubau
  • Obj_Condition1_S (Druckerei):
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  • Obj_Rights_S: © VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2017
Commentary
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Provenance

At the beginning of the 1960s, Frank Stella travelled to the Middle East. Fascinated by Islamic art and culture, after his return he began a series of large format paintings whose titles refer to Parthian cities and archeological monuments in the region. Basra is the name of one the four historical city gates of the Iraqi capital of Baghdad.
Beginning with the circular outline of the old town of Baghdad, Stella made a half-circular canvas, divided into fan-like color fields. The mechanical color application and the binding form precisely constructed with a drawing instrument – characteristic of so-called Hard Edge painting – show no individual hand; at the same time the work has a radiating and intensive colorfulness. The abstract composition of ›Basra Gate‹ thus mediates an almost ornamental gaiety which can be associated with the geographical reference point, far from any illustrative hints.