Gunter Tollman Figurative Abstract Chalk & Oil on Butcher Paper

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Gunter Tollman Figurative Abstract Chalk & Oil on Butcher Paper

6,500.00

Gunter Tollman (1926-1990, b. Gelsenkirchen, Germany) abstracted figures in chalk and oil on butcher paper.
Artist signed lower right.  Gallery notes en verso, see below.
Detailed dimensions:
31"w 26"ht; Sheet: 21.5"w 16"ht mat window: 22.25"w 16.75"ht
Figurative work sparsely composed of gestural, calligraphic flourishes in stark red and black peppered with succinctly sketched forms suggesting place-the skeleton of an unstable narrative.
German expressionism of Beckmann and the anarchic Erich Heckel bring to bear a tenor of agitation and threatening eroticism… a kind of sexually charged scrawl which grounds the virtually abstract in a primordial triad of figure and incident.
The stark palette of blood red and thick black on corrugated paper asserts an aggressive expressionism punctuated with heavy horizontal lines connoting layers of narrative appearing as simultaneously maternal and dangerous.
The assault on form and extreme caricature, while owing an obvious debt to the more recent Cobra movement, also hearkens back to De Kooning's acerbic Woman series dating back to the fifties.
Countering and extending these unhinged vignettes are, in the distance, the childlike rendering of a mountainous backdrop reduced to layered triangles and, appearing as subtitles across the foreground, subtly frosted clef notes that dance on the heels of white grave markers which finally begin to suggest numbers all moving together in a softly undulating procession not unlike musical notes and so suggesting a kind of soundtrack to the visual mystery above.  Like the playful triangular mountains in the back ground which hearken back to some of Tollman's more whimsical sculptures, these small endearing forms serve to provide a delicate counterpoint to this ambivalent vision of repose and menace.
Float mount; Custom frame treated with water gild over red clay with distressed finish.
Written in pen on back: "Gunter Tollman 1926-1990 Schweniiger Series 1985-86 chalk/oil on paper Exhib galerie gordon Pijout Fils Paris."  See screenshot combined with signature and closup of Water Gild frame with red clay.
Artist Bio:
Gunter Tollman (1926-1990) b. Gelsenkirchen, Germany.
Educated at the esteemed Dusseldorf. Art Academy
Exhibitions: Solo Retrospective, Art Museum Gelsenkirchen, 2011.
Painter and sculptor.  Early work in drawing and collage.
Public sculptures: Wave Sculpture (1969) Hagemann school in Gelsenkirchen; Kinetic Object, 1969, Art Museum Gelsenkirchen; Plastic Movement, 1970, Max Planck Institute, Gottingen; Block 8, 1972, German Association of Artists, Stuttgart; Movable Plastic, 1971, Sculpture Park, Lehmbruck Museum in Duisburg; Ministry of Culture, Paris; Moving Angle Element, 1991, Hannover: Mobile PAI, 1974/1996, Place du General Leclerc, Mont-de-Marsan, France, Et al.

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