ARTISTS / Modern art
Willi Baumeister

Calabash
© Willi Baumeister / VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn

Willi Baumeister

Kalebasse / Calabash, 1942/43

Oil on cardboard
24,5 × 31 cm

(BAUMEW/M 150)

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Provenance: Heinz Rasch Collection, Wuppertal
Literature: Peter Beye / Felicitas Baumeister, Willi Baumeister. Werkkatalog der Gemälde, vol. II, Ostfildern 2002, no. 997 with ill.; Nicola Assmann, Willi Baumeister. The Illustration. In the encounter with ancient non-European cultures on the way to a new formal language, Münster, 1998, p. 560.

In his "Africa pictures" created after 1940, which also include the painting "Kale-basse" (1942/43), Willi Baumeister transposes mythical relationships that are integrated into everyday life in his conception of Africa into his own pictorial language. Comparable to the diverse pictorial creations of Paul Klee, Baumeister here creates his very own cosmos of mythical forms and contents in which he captures a counterworld freed from the constraints of civilization. In his painting "Calabash" he places - analogous to Egyptian script lines - a dozen figure characters in an exciting relationship. As it seems, the artist has scratched the outlines of the figures, probably with the brush style, directly into the wet oil paint. The broad horizonal red, blue, and black brushstrokes and the angular forms contrast effectively. It remains unclear whether and which of the forms actually shows a calabash, i.e. a vessel intended for transporting liquids. The individual forms can also be seen as fragments of figures - or as splinters of a clay vessel.
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