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  • Provenance

    Marc Jancou Fine Art, New York

  • Literature

    M. Holborn and F. Huber, eds., The Triumph of Painting, London, 2005, p. 232 (illustrated)

  • Catalogue Essay

    Wilhelm Sasnal often borrows subjects from art history, 20th century propaganda, and photojournalism. He treats painting as a reductive process: information is lost in translation from photography to painting. Using the original photo's black-and-white tones, details are eradicated through heightened contrast, the image simplified and personalized by the artist's hand.

    In their solemnity, his paintings seem like after images, shadows of pictures. Singular moments are captured in memory, emblazoning themselves on the mind, and perhaps coming back to mind later in connection with other images. Sasnal uses the immediacy and multiplicity of painterly possibilities to open up a complex visual and tactile memory of a world mediated by the press of luminous image surfaces.


Gym Lesson at School

Oil on canvas.
59 x 59 in. (149.9 x 149.9 cm).
Signed, titled and dated "Wilhelm Sasnal 1999" on the reverse.

$150,000 - 200,000 

Sold for $180,000

Contemporary Art Part I

16 Nov 2006, 7pm
New York