ARTISTS / Art after 1945
Raimund Girke


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1930born in Heinzendorf
2002died in Cologne
Raimund Girke is one of the most important painters and initiators of post-war art in Germany. From the mid-1950s, he developed a pictorial language reduced to a few color tones, almost monochrome, and dealt primarily with the color white. Girke was not interested in the liberated gesture, but rather in disciplined austerity and a matter-of-fact statement. Unlike the artists of the ZERO group, Girke always acknowledges the tradition of panel painting. In his search for order, Girke analyzes color layering, color movement, and structure. When he applies blue and white tones as matter in the form of pigments to his canvas - as in the painting "Blue and White III" - he creates an immaterial illusion of spatiality. The painting, consisting of 13 zones arranged horizontally on top of each other, triggers associations with iron blinds, but can equally be received as a purely non-representational feast for the eyes. Just as important as the rational penetration of the pictorial event is the sensual perception of the blue-white surfaces. 
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