ARTISTS / Art after 1945
Adolf Fleischmann

Composition # 109
© Adolf Fleischmann / VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn

Adolf Fleischmann

Composition # 109, 1958

Oil on canvas
130 × 104 cm

signed, dated and inscribed on the reverse: A. R. Fleischmann Comp. # 109 March 1958 size: 40 x 50 in
(FLEISA/M 82)

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Literature: Rolf Wedewer: Adolf Fleischmann. Monograph and catalog raisonné, Stuttgart 1977, No. O 210

Adolf Fleischmann is one of the artists who consistently dealt with the abstract color-form structure, the laws of color and the will to tectonics. His preoccupation with Constructivism led him early on to the penetration of pictorial space according to optical laws, which is why he is considered a forerunner of Op(tical) Art. In Michel Seuphor and the artists' group "Abstraction-Création" Fleischmann found a highly inspiring climate in Paris before moving to New York. Here he developed the form of the "équerre," a horizontally-vertically set, rod-shaped design element that henceforth became the defining building block of his spatially thought-out paintings. In Fleischmann's 1958 oil painting "Composition # 109", the arrangement of vertical fields of stripes in bright yellow and red tones is surrounded by a black background. The structural fabric is effectively accentuated by bright vertical bars. An extremely sensual optical friction is underlined by the irregularities of the painterly lines as well as the neglect of strict geometry by a circular shape suggested on the background. The result is an energetically charged vibration of a sonorous composition, which is most comparable to the variations or improvisations on a theme in music.
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