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  • © VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn
    • Fred Thieler (1916 - 1999)

  • TitleRotating
  • Date1959
  • CategoryGemälde
  • MaterialÖl auf Rupfen
  • Dimensions130 x 130 cm (Bildmaß), 136 x 136 x 4,5 cm (Rahmenmaß)
  • Signaturesigniert und datiert rückseitig: "F. Thieler 1959"
  • Inscriptionbezeichnet und betitelt rückseitig: "O.R. 59-(rotierend)"
  • Inventory NumberBG-M 3455/83
  • CreditlineErworben aus Mitteln der Stiftung DKLB, Berlin, 1983
  • On DisplayNo

Everything is moving in this painting! The square shape – as opposed to a horizontal or vertical format – means that the eye is left without guidance. The lines within this lawless field with no specified top and bottom, no right or left, circle and spiral as if in a whirlpool. Only the concentrated mass of colour at the centre and some isolated light and red areas offer a measure of visual hold.

After art had been forced into the service of the National Socialists, Fred Thieler and other representatives of “art informel” were searching for a new, free form of painting by the end of the 1950s. They no longer wanted art to convey a message of any kind, but to have a direct impact on the viewer. Thieler’s most important means was the dynamic gesture of the painting process. Tracking motion, it describes the creative act and transfers its energy directly to the viewer. Thieler’s painting does not illustrate movement; it is movement.