Bernard Schultze - Felder-Gestalt (Fields Shape), 2001

Oil on canvas

140 x 120 cm / framed 146 x 125 cm
55 x 47 inch / framed 57 x 49 inch

signed, dated, monogrammed "2001 BS” at bottom right
signed, dated, titled "Bernard Schultze 2001 "Felder-Gestalt”” on back of canvas

- with craftsman’s frame -

N 9457

About the work

He is seen as the Romantic  among the Informal artists. Still oriented to the fantastic world of Surrealism at the beginning of his career, Bernard Schultze later developed a highly independent, lyrical-abstract pictorial language under the influence of Tachism and action painting. Natural processes, rampant colours and forms, an assiduous growing and changing characterise his pictorial language.
The painting with the title “Felder-Gestalt” is gossamer, hazy and finely spun. His delicate web unfolds in an organic, irregular weave of lines, interwoven by tender branches and textures in an assortment of colours. The image area appears to be in incessant movement, always reforming and rearranging itself.
Here one hears the Écriture automatique of the Surrealists from a distance, the automatic, unconscious writing without the control of the conscious ego - a work method "dictated by the unconscious”, which Schultze, according to his own statements, had already registered without ever having heard of the poet André Breton. "It is the approximate that attracts me", according to the elderly artist, "never to express something too clearly, in order to avoid endangering the phenomenon of automation. It is often the scribblings that point us to the next step.”

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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Bernard Schultze, Fields Shape, 2001, 140 x 120 cm / framed 146 x 125 cm, N 9457
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