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With light and dark shapes
© Willi Baumeister / VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn

Willi Baumeister

Mit hellen und dunklen Formen / With light and dark shapes, 1942

Graphite and charcoal, wiped and erased, scribe contours on chamois colored drawing cardboard
35,6 × 41,7 cm

signed and dated lower right: Baumeister 42
(BAUMEW/P 56)

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Provenance: Baumeister archive (estate number 1989); Reinheimer Collection, Sindelfingen.
Literature: Dietmar Jürgen Ponert, Willi Baumeister. Catalog raisonné
of Drawings, Gouaches and Collages, Cologne 1988, No. 816

Since the 1970s, the graphic work of Willi Baumeister has been viewed with increased interest, which led, among other things, to the publication of the catalog raisonné of drawings, gouaches, and collages in 1988. In the course of the scholarly reappraisal of these works on paper it turned out that the graphic part of his oeuvre "did not primarily prepare the executed paintings, but accompanied them in a varying, interpreting, sometimes repeating manner" (Siegfried Gohr). The immediacy and greater spontaneity of this medium was particularly well suited for Baumeister to arrive at new pictorial solutions. His drawing "With Light and Dark Forms" was created in 1942, at a time when Baumeister had to withdraw due to the difficult cultural-political situation and occupied himself intensively with drawing. On the chamois-colored cardboard in pencil gray and black charcoal, Baumeister wiped, erased, and even provided the depiction with incised contours, which makes it appear even more vivid. During this time - especially since the beginning of the 1940s, all that the artist was to create thereafter and until his death was preparing.
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