Heinrich Siepmann, C17/1989, (1989)

 

 

Heinrich Siepmann
C17/1989, 1989

Collage, painted corrugated cardboard on cardboard

70 x 50 cm
27 x 19 inch

Labelled bottom left “17”
Signed, dated  bottom right “Siepmann 89”

N 9324

2,900 €

About the work

Heinrich Siepmann, born in 1904 in Mülheim on the Ruhr, began his artistic work at the Kunstgewerbeschule (school of arts and crafts or of applied arts) in Essen. In his early drawings and watercolours from the 1930s and 1940s, Siepmann’s areas of interest in representational drawing extended from the representational drawing of still lifes and landscapes to architecture and cities. Following surrender, the end of the war and the related cataclysmic destruction of Germany, Siepmann’s artistic path after 1945 also turned in a non-representational direction. Siepmann developed his independent canon of forms from the abstraction of architectures, objects and landscapes.
The painter developed his own artistic signature, full of sensitive colouring, by way of his involvement with structures and their rhythms, such as barred frames. Heinrich Siepmann remained a perpetually exploring and searching artist to the end of his life.
This sheet shows a collage in a dynamic diagonal composition. Various rectangular forms, placed at the centre of the piece, seem to float above the pictorial surface and be in a state of constant rotation. Siepmann repeats the various pictorial elements within the central pictorial body, in this way developing a harmonious composition. While the two largest, black pictorial elements frame the central rectangle on its head sides, it is accompanied by narrow, blue elements on its long sides. The white rectangle in the middle is accentuated by a grey paperboard element that repeats again in somewhat larger dimensions as the basis for the narrow, blue element beneath. Siepmann’s collage demonstrates a composition that is as simple and clear as it is balanced, and which always remains fascinating for the viewer.
(Andrea Fink)

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