Michael Raedecker - Contemporary Art Evening Sale London Wednesday, February 11, 2009 | Phillips

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  • Provenance

    The Approach, London

  • Catalogue Essay

    Executed in 2004, the present lot may be viewed as one of the most seminal works in the artist's career to date. Destructive Superstition is a visual composition in which Raedecker delves back to his country of birth and origin, re-visiting one of the most iconic subjects of his homeland – the tulip.
    Weaving coloured threads through his canvas, the present workis a sublime visual depiction of one of the most popular flowers throughout botanical history, as well as the history of art. With its roots in the 17th century, its striking appearance and then mostly unknown nature, the tulip became a sought after subject matter to depict in Flemish Old-Master works. Finding its aesthetic habitat in still life paintings the flower has remained until the present day a favorite in botanical art.
    In the present lot, the artist re-uses this iconic flower, whilst remaining consistent with his artistic technique and style. Raedecker infuses a third dimension into the canvas and subject matter through the thickness of the thread and his choice of colour. In Destructive Superstition the tulip can be read not only as a reference to Raedecker's personal roots but also as a homage to the great Dutch painters who recognised the beauty of the tulip and its ability to radiate through the stillness of an image.


Destructive Superstition

Acrylic, yarn and thread on linen.
330 x 195 cm. (129 7/8 x 76 3/4 in).
Signed, titled and dated ‘MICHAEL RAEDECKER 2004 destructive superstition' on the overlap.

£60,000 - 80,000 ≠ ♠ †

Sold for £73,250

Contemporary Art Evening Sale

12 Feb 2009, 7pm