Rupprecht Geiger - Mehr Licht (More Light), 1998

Acrylic on canvas

100 x 25 cm / framed 105 x 31 cm
39 x 9 inch / framed 41 x 12 inch

Verso on the canvas overlapping the stretcher
titled, signed, inscribed " "mehr Licht" Geiger" (directional arrow)
Cat. Rais. Dornacher/Geiger no. 877

- in a white box frame -

N 9374

About the work

The harmonious colour transition from deep red orange to greenish yellow unfolds from top to bottom in the extremely narrow portrait format. Rupprecht Geiger named his composition “Mehr Licht”. In it, he traced the elementary energy of colour in interaction with brightness, surface and space. The colour in his paintings, which are characterised by the most extreme simplicity and uncompromising consistency of the pictorial language, thus achieves a transcendent effect, which should speak to the viewer as emotionally as it does intellectually. “Colour, like light, makes a claim to be classified in the ranks of the elements - fire, water, air, colour, light and earth”, is how Geiger explained the significance of colour for his work. Freed of any descriptive function or formal limitation, Geiger declares colour an absolute inherent force, which equally both congeals to matter and dematerializes into sensual-atmospheric aura in his seemingly minimalist works. In a fascinating way, this painting meets the eye of the beholder like a glowing object of light, in which colour and light find themselves in a unique synthesis.
(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, 1998, 100 x 25 cm / framed 105 x 31 cm, N 9374
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