Museum Folkwang
Deux trames interférentes jaune/blanc
  • François Morellet
  • Deux trames interférentes jaune/blanc, 1953

  • Two Interfering Grids Yellow/White
  • Acrylic on plywood
  • 80 x 80 cm
  • Acquired 1973 with the support of the Folkwang-Museumsverein
  • Inv. G 399
  • CommentaryThe development of geometric abstraction was not disrupted by World War II. François Morellet was introduced to the concept of Concrete Art by Swiss-born Max Bill. In exploring this path, Morellet systematized his working style to achieve an almost scientific approach. The painting ›Deux trames interférentes jaune/blanc‹ (Two Interfering Grids Yellow/White) clearly demonstrates at a glance how fundamentally his artistic approach differed from those pursued in Constructivism and De Stijl: no composition of forms can be found in Morellet’s images, with the surface covered in systematically arranged patterns. By changing the width of the bars, the artist achieved the effect of two gentle bulges. This early painting already anticipated the development of his later work and an important art movement. Here, the pictorial investigation of an alchemy of forms is placed in relation to the beholder and to its visual appeal.
  • ProvenanceKünstler / Galerie m
    1973, Galerie m , Bochum
    1973, Kauf bei Galerie m, Museum Folkwang, Essen
  • Obj_Id: 3,412
  • Obj_Internet_S: ja
  • Obj_Ownership_S (Verantw):Painting, Sculpture, Media Art
  • Obj_SpareNField01_N (Verantw): 187
  • Obj_Creditline_S: Gemäldesammlung
  • Obj_Title1_S: Deux trames interférentes jaune/blanc
  • Obj_Title2_S: Two Interfering Grids Yellow/White
  • Obj_PartDescription_S (Titelerg):
  • Obj_SpareMField01_M (Alle Titel): Deux trames interférentes jaune/blanc Two Interfering Grids Yellow/White Deux trames interférentes jaune/blanc Zwei interferierende Raster gelb/weiß
  • Obj_Dating_S: 1953
  • Jahr von: 1,953
  • Jahr bis: 1,953
  • Obj_IdentNr_S: G 399
  • Obj_IdentNrSort_S: G 0399
  • Obj_Classification_S (Objtyp): Painting
  • Obj_Crate_S: 80 x 80 cm
  • Obj_Material_S: Acrylic on plywood
  • Obj_Technique_S:
  • Obj_SpareSField01_S (Mat./Tech.): Acrylic on plywood
  • Obj_AccNote_S (Erwerb): Acquired 1973 with the support of the Folkwang-Museumsverein
  • Obj_PermanentLocation_S (Standort): Internal Exhibition: Sammlung 20. und 21. Jahrhundert, Neubau
  • Obj_Condition1_S (Druckerei):
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  • Obj_Rights_S: © VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2017
Commentary
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The development of geometric abstraction was not disrupted by World War II. François Morellet was introduced to the concept of Concrete Art by Swiss-born Max Bill. In exploring this path, Morellet systematized his working style to achieve an almost scientific approach. The painting ›Deux trames interférentes jaune/blanc‹ (Two Interfering Grids Yellow/White) clearly demonstrates at a glance how fundamentally his artistic approach differed from those pursued in Constructivism and De Stijl: no composition of forms can be found in Morellet’s images, with the surface covered in systematically arranged patterns. By changing the width of the bars, the artist achieved the effect of two gentle bulges. This early painting already anticipated the development of his later work and an important art movement. Here, the pictorial investigation of an alchemy of forms is placed in relation to the beholder and to its visual appeal.