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  • Provenance

    Galerie Krinzinger, Vienna

  • Catalogue Essay

    Large-scale, abstract and red, Hermann Nitsch’s "Splatter Paintings" are vital in the development of Austrian Contemporary Art, but moreover, they are signatures for the development of European Action Painting within the international contemporary art world.

    With his vigorous splatter effects, recorded by the bare canvas, Nitsch enters into a dialogue of motions between the artist and the canvas. Through his action of throwing the paint onto the canvas' surface, the final product records and absorbs the act and outcome of his motions. In effect, Nitsch's series of "Splatter Paintings", capture the essence of Action Painting as a reciprocal relationship that is played out between subject and object, where both become intertwined, making one dependent on the other.

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Splatter Painting

1983
Oil on canvas.
90 1/8 x 76 3/8 in. (229.5 x 194 cm).
Signed and dated “Hermann Nitsch 1983” on the reverse.

Estimate
£20,000 - 30,000 ≠ ♠ †

Sold for £33,600

Contemporary Art Evening Sale

Evening Sale
13 October 2007, 4pm
London