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

  • TitleHommage à Tiepolo
  • Date1965
  • CategoryGemälde
  • MaterialMischtechnik und Collage auf Leinwand
  • Dimensions262 x 144 cm (Bildmaß)
  • Signaturesigniert unten rechts: "Fr. Thieler"
  • Inventory NumberBG-M 4353/89
  • CreditlineErworben aus Mitteln der Künstlerförderung des Senators für Kulturelle Angelegenheiten, Berlin, 1988
  • On DisplayNo

Fred Thieler was one of the most important representatives of German Abstract Expressionism. His works are based on a pictorial strategy of controlled contingency. A dialogue with the colours played a key role in this strategy. After initial experience with representational painting, Thieler devoted himself
exclusively to the development of abstract colour worlds in the 1950s.

During the 1960s Fred Thieler began to work on the picture carrier while it was lying on the ground. The paints were splashed on using watering cans and buckets and spread by chance, albeit also with some control gained by folding, bending and lifting the picture carrier. He supplemented and extended this experimental handling of free-flowing paint by using collage and décollage processes. This technique, seen here in the work Hommage à Tiepolo, involved sticking scraps
of paper into the work (collage) and then removing some parts (décollage) in order to fill the empty spaces with paint once more.