Rupprecht Geiger - Mehr Licht (More Light), 1999

Acrylic on canvas

40 x 80 cm / framed 46 x 86 cm
15 x 31 inch / framed 18 x 33 inch

Titled, marked, signed, dated verso on the stretcher
“mehr Licht” (direction arrow) "Geiger 99"
Cat. Rais. Dornacher/Geiger no. 876

- in a white box frame -

N 9373

About the work

Energies of colour and light, as well as their emotional and intellectual impact are at the core of the work of Rupprecht Geiger. He granted colour an elementary, inherent power of its own, which was meant to be sensually experienceable in his works. Harmonious colour progressions thus characterise the expression of the non-representational compositions. Radical reduction to the essence of colour and uncompromising clarity in composition define Geiger’s surface painting. This painting with the evocative title “Mehr Licht” is a profound example of this: the flowing transition from light yellow to deep red develops as a gentle process from bottom to top in the elongated landscape format. Through the special colour scheme in subtle gradations, Geiger declares the seemingly minimalist painting a living organism, in which the colouring elevates itself to pure sound, but at the same time vibrates and pulses. Geiger had a particularly strong affinity with the colour red; it has dominated many of his paintings since the 1950s: “Red is life, energy, potency, power, love, warmth, strength. The red colour in the atmosphere, the colourful light above all things provides the form with sensually enhanced expression. Red sources of light are spiritual matter”, is how the painter explained the inherent value of each colour.
(Andreas Gabelmann)

Text authored and provided by Dr. Andreas Gabelmann, Art Historian

Dr. Andreas Gabelmann, art historian, born 1967 in Landau. Programmes of study in art history, architectural history and literature in Karlsruhe and Bamberg. 1999 Doctoral thesis on the Badenese Expressionist August Babberger (1885-1936). 2000 to 2002 Practical training at the Brücke-Museum Berlin. 2003 to 2004 Scientific staff member of the Städtisches Kunstmuseum Singen. Since 2005, active as a freelance art historian, author and curator for museums, art associations, galleries, foundations, artist estates, the press and publishing houses in Germany and Switzerland. Numerous publications on modern art with a focus on Expressionism and extending to contemporary art. Publication of the new catalogue raisonné of the printed graphic works of Erich Heckel (will appear in autumn of 2021). Lives and works in Radolfzell on Lake Constance.

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Rupprecht Geiger, More Light, 1999, 40 x 80 cm / framed 46 x 86 cm, N 9373
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