ARTISTS / Art after 1945
Johannes Grützke

Lev Kopelev
© Johannes Grützke / VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn

Johannes Grützke

Lew Kopelew / Lev Kopelev, 1981

Chalk drawing
158,5 × 108,5 cm

signed upper right: Johannes Grützke 14.9.81
(GRUETJ/M 1)

€ 5.000
 
 
 
Johannes Grützke's work shows the human rights activist, Germanist and writer Lev Zinovievich Kopelev (1912 Kiev - 1997 Cologne), probably together with his wife Raissa Dawydowna Orlova-Kopeleva. It was written after the intellectual's expulsion from the USSR in 1981, when he found a new home in Cologne - certainly supported by his friend Heinrich Böll. It is likely that Grützke and Kopelev knew each other. The very lifelike portrait, captured with serious pathos, is a special feature in Grützke's work, since the co-founder and most important representative of the emphatically ironic "School of New Magnificence" preferred to depict himself. The duplication of the alter ego into an interchangeable foreign person, typical for him, is replaced here by a single study, whereby the female companion seems to fall into the mode of the characteristic Grützke figuration - with tilted head and exalted mimim. With the "new magnificence" its protagonists sought a counterweight to the tendential monotony of an abstract minimalism.
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