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  • Provenance

    Private collection, Europe

  • Catalogue Essay

    Dirk Skreber's Untitled offers an eerie sense of stillness, his monumental locomotive frozen in a moment of detached anticipation. It's not the actual subject that Skreber portrays but the haunting quality of it... The dented steel of the train, the impenetrable gradient of the sky, and uncertainty of the dusty ground belie their artificial construction, each generating an austere, intangible quality. Sublime in their unreality, they culminate in an apprehensive tension where anything (or nothing) might happen... Untitled portrays an ordinary image, the kind seen in a million postcards and magazines. Rendered on a monumental scale, Dirk Skreber reconstitutes the mundane as the object of an all-consuming fixation. Completely static, the painting is removed from all measurable qualities of perception. Taken from ‘About Dirk Skreber : I Want to be Artist' in www.articlesbase.com

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Untitled

2000
Oil on canvas.
280 x 420cm. (110 1/4 x 165 3/8 in).

Estimate
£100,000 - 150,000 ≠ ♠ †

Sold for £181,250

Contemporary Art Evening Sale

29 June 2008, 5pm
London