Lot 203
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Thomas Schütte (b. 1954)

Untitled
Price Realised: GBP 15000.00
Estimate : GBP 12,000 - 18,000
Description

Thomas Schütte (b. 1954)
Untitled
signed, dedicated and dated twice 'Für Julia Juli 83 Th. Schütte '82 Dez 1982' (on the reverse)
spray paint and lacquer on paper
51 3/8 x 42 7/8in. (130.5 x 109 cm.)
Executed in 1982

Provenance

A gift from the artist to the present owner in 1983.

Lot Notes

An insignia of crossed olive branches over a checked ground of yellow and green, outlined by a thick border of black, make up Thomas Schütte’s banner to anti-monumentality. In his work, the artist explores the space between history and banality, creating emblems and monuments which defy the etiquette of commemoration – prevalent in the artist’s native post-war Germany – with trite slogans and insipid symbols. Choosing paper as a medium is an important part of stripping away pathos, as the artist specifies: ‘I prefer the sketch because you can just roll up a month's work and pack it under your arm. Not everything has to be cast in lead’. An early and worked example of the artist’s painting on paper, with excellent provenance, this work is a coat of arms for Schütte’s toppling of triumphalism.

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The condition of lots can vary widely and the nature of the lots sold means that they are unlikely to be in a perfect condition. Lots are sold in the condition they are in at the time of sale.

The sheet undulates slightly, presumably due to previously being stored rolled. There are two artist's pinholes to the lower corners, and soft handling creases in places to the extreme edges. The extreme vertical edges have been reinforced in places with toned paper from the reverse. When examined under ultraviolet light, these areas fluoresce slightly. The reverse of the sheet has yellowed slightly, predominantly to the lower half. Subject to the foregoing, it is our view that this work is in generally good condition.

Frame: 54 1/2 x 46 1/8in. (138.5 x 117cm.). For images of the work in its frame, please contact the department at pwconline@christies.com

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