Magnus Plessen - Contemporary Art London Friday, October 13, 2006 | Phillips
  • Provenance

    Galerie Isabella Kacprzak, Berlin; Marc Jancou Gallery, New York

  • Exhibited

    Kunstmuseum Luzern, Magnus von Plessen: neues Kunstmuseum Luzern, February 10 – June 3, 2001, p. 45 (illustrated)

  • Literature

    F. Schott, M. Schibig, Magnus von Plessen: neues Kunstmuseum Luzern, Luzern, 2001 p. 45 (illustrated)

  • Catalogue Essay

    After working with film and photography for several years, Magnus von Plessen began to explore the possibilities of working with paint. His paintings are small, beautiful images of intimate proportion and everyday subject matter that reference photography, while preserving the physicality of the medium of paint. With their decisive brushstokes and a simplicity of pictorial means, the paintings emphasize what is absent equally with what is shown.

    “It is not what I see that determines where I put the brushstrokes. They tend rather to follow a mental image of what I can touch. That’s what makes them so independent. But you can only do it in places, you can’t cover the whole painting that way. You can’t grasp hold of everything. The things you try to grab hold of slip away.” (M. von Plessen, Espace trois-cent-quinze, Paris, 2004)



Oil on canvas.
23 5/8 x 19 5/8 in. (60 x 49.8 cm).
Signed, titled and dated “’Ohne title’ ‘Plessen, 2001’” on the stretcher.

£30,000 - 40,000 ‡♠

Sold for £42,000

Contemporary Art

14 Oct 2006, 7pm