Thoralf Knobloch - Contemporary Art Evening Sale London Friday, October 12, 2007 | Phillips

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  • Provenance

    Wilkinson Gallery, London

  • Exhibited

    London, Wilkinson Gallery, Thoralf Knobloch, October 12 – November 14, 2004

  • Catalogue Essay

    Bei Merkwürden belongs to a group of paintings produced by the German artist Thoralf Knobloch, who through his observations of the environment surrounding him explores the relationship between photography and painting. Similar to other artists of today, such as his fellow German, Gerhard Richter and Scottish born artist Peter Doig, Knobloch too finds himself painting from a pre-existing image bank in which carefully composed photographs are transformed through a painterly process and transported onto the canvas. In contrast to the aforementioned artists, however, Knobloch, rather than becoming obsessed with painting a detailed photograph becomes fascinated by the process of transformation. In a sense, Knobloch views this process as obscuring reality – a process through which the actual experience caught through the lens of the camera becomes more and more abstracted with each painterly element and therefore automatically develops into a secondary account of something that had already been recorded.


Bei Merkwürden

Oil on canvas.
35 3/8 x 65 in. (90 x 165 cm).
Signed, titled and dated “Knobloch Bei Merkwürden 2004” on the reverse.

£10,000 - 15,000 ≠♠†

Sold for £18,000

Contemporary Art Evening Sale

Evening Sale
13 October 2007, 4pm