Karl Otto Götz - o. T. S.B.G. 1, 2012

Gouache on handmade paper

34 x 26 cm / framed 57 x 48 cm
13 x 10 inch / framed 22 x 18 inch

signed bottom right: “K.O. Götz”
signed, dated, titled on the back: “K.O. Götz 2012 o. T.” with pencil “S.B.G. 1”

N 9205

4,800 €

About the work

With the exception of his early work influenced by Surrealism, Karl Otto Götz stood throughout his life for a rapid and dynamic style of painting based on spontaneity. With the dissolution of classical principles of form and a flowing, eruptive work method in powerful gestures, he assured his place in art history as one of the most important representatives of international Informal art.

This gouache from 2012 bears witness to the unabated creative energy of the artist, even at an advanced age of nearly 100. It presents an impressive triad of colours and forms: two arches in brilliant blue and radiant yellow – applied zestfully onto the paper – rest as it were on another black, emphatically arranged arch, which appears to stabilise it toward the bottom of the work. At its apex at the centre axis of the painting, circular, energetic vortices seem to liberate themselves from the arches, which set the basic composition in motion and lend it its dynamism. The extraordinary quality of this gouache lies in its successful combination of a simple, bearing composition with an impulsive and vital painterly gesture.

Text authored and provided by Dr. Doris Hansmann, Art historian

Studies of art history, theater, film and television, English and Romance Languages at the University of Cologne, doctorated in 1994. Research assistant at the Art Museum Düsseldorf. Lecturer and project manager at Wienand Verlag, Cologne. Freelance work as an author, editor and book producer for publishers and museums in Germany and abroad. From 2011 chief editor at Wienand Verlag, from 2019 to 2021 senior editor at DCV, Dr. Cantz’sche Verlagsgesellschaft, Berlin. Numerous publications on the art of the 20th and 21st centuries.

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