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Color composition, red - orange, pink - green (figure)
© Adolf Hölzel / Adolf-Hölzel-Stiftung

Adolf Hölzel

Farbkomposition, Rot - Orange, Rosa - Grün (Figur) / Color composition, red - orange, pink - green (figure), 30s

Pastel on paper
41,7 × 29,9 cm

Estate stamp
(HOELZEA/P 417)

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Literature: Ausst.Kat. Adolf Hölzel, Gallery of the City of Sindelfingen/Galerie Schlichtenmaier Grafenau 1987, Cat. No. 217

Adolf Hölzel (1853-1934) took a weighty pioneering position by experimenting with the various technical possibilities of form throughout his life. In a note he explains the formula he worked out for himself: "Original forms / surfaces / are the triangle and the circle (.) Everything else is composed of them or can be traced back to them". The pastel technique as well as colored pencils were excellently suited for Hölzel to find his pictorial solutions quickly and without having to wait for the drying process. His compositional elements often contain reminiscences of landscape depictions, in which individual figures or entire groupings that appear to be human are embedded. This principle of design, based on his theory of color, can be seen in exemplary application in the pastel "Color Composition, Red-Orange, Pink-Green" from the 1930s. Despite its non-representational nature, the formal structure, built up in complementary contrasts, is reminiscent of a seated figure facing us.
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