Elger Esser - Photographs London Wednesday, May 16, 2012 | Phillips

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  • Provenance

    Acquired directly from the artist

  • Literature

    Elger Esser: Views, Munich: Schirmer/Mosel, 2008, n.p.

  • Catalogue Essay

    “Elger Esser, who was born in 1967, grew up in Rome and studied under Becher, drew inspiration from his extensive collection of old postcards from the period around 1900: hand-painted images of beaches with bathers and boats, rocks, spray and white crest. By manipulating the pictures and enlarging sections, often far greater than the original size, he has created fascinating new images, coarse-grained ‘sea-pieces’ in matte, strange colours which invoke times gone by and the memories of seaside holidays associated with them. Here, Esser evokes an aesthetic which recalls the Old Masters – we are reminded of images by the French Impressionists and Pointillists. Employing the special alchemy of the medium, as magical today as it has always been, he breathes new life into his archive and emerges in this combination of two worlds as a present-day romantic avant-garde artist. His hymns to life and the elemental power of water are a silent protest against the gradual disappearance of nature from our thoughts and our daily lives.” (Elger Esser – Views, Munich: Schirmer/Mosel, 2008)


75 Saint-Jean de Luz

Digital colour coupler print, printed 2007 and Diasec mounted.
180 × 262.5 cm (70 7/8 × 103 3/8 in)
Signed in ink, printed title, date and number on an artist's label accompanying the work. One from an edition of 5.

£35,000 - 55,000 


17 May 2012