Museum Folkwang
Dunkles Gestirn Fal VIII
  • Fred Thieler
  • Dunkles Gestirn Fal VIII, 1961

  • Dark Star, Fal VIII
  • Oil on canvas
  • 160 x 210 cm
  • Acquired in 1983 with the support of the Folkwang-Museumsverein
  • Inv. G 465
  • CommentaryFred Thieler remarked in 1960, »To me, painting means recording the analogies and differences of experience … So in my eyes, ‘painting’ is a process that essentially entails inquisitive activity— inquisitive activity as the result of open analysis.« In his painting, ›Dunkles Gestirn Fal VIII‹ (Dark Star Fal VIII), the artist condensed webs created from rivulets of paint to form an island-like entity. The composition is based on a network of relations that features divergent ways of shaping threads of paint along the edges, which swirl toward the center with deepening saturation. »The free, uninhibited flowing and spreading of paint is important to me because it is determined by chance«, noted Thieler, who preferred to work on pictorial carriers placed horizontally on the floor, an approach similar to that of Jackson Pollock. Here, Thieler reinforced his fundamentally paradoxical strategy of lending order to chance by applying the color of white with a brush to engender an oddly hovering presence, as if concealing a hub of secrets like fog shrouding the edge of a crater.
  • Provenance1983, Galerie Heimeshoff, Essen
    1983, Kauf bei Heimeshoff, Museum Folkwang, Essen
  • Obj_Id: 3,547
  • Obj_Internet_S: ja
  • Obj_Ownership_S (Verantw):Painting, Sculpture, Media Art
  • Obj_SpareNField01_N (Verantw): 187
  • Obj_Creditline_S: Gemäldesammlung
  • Obj_Title1_S: Dunkles Gestirn Fal VIII
  • Obj_Title2_S: Dark Star, Fal VIII
  • Obj_PartDescription_S (Titelerg):
  • Obj_SpareMField01_M (Alle Titel): Dunkles Gestirn Fal VIII Dark Star, Fal VIII Dunkles Gestirn Fal VIII
  • Obj_Dating_S: 1961
  • Jahr von: 1,961
  • Jahr bis: 1,961
  • Obj_IdentNr_S: G 465
  • Obj_IdentNrSort_S: G 0465
  • Obj_Classification_S (Objtyp): Painting
  • Obj_Crate_S: 160 x 210 cm
  • Obj_Material_S: Oil on canvas
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  • Obj_SpareSField01_S (Mat./Tech.): Oil on canvas
  • Obj_AccNote_S (Erwerb): Acquired in 1983 with the support of the Folkwang-Museumsverein
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  • Obj_Rights_S: © VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2017
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Fred Thieler remarked in 1960, »To me, painting means recording the analogies and differences of experience … So in my eyes, ‘painting’ is a process that essentially entails inquisitive activity— inquisitive activity as the result of open analysis.« In his painting, ›Dunkles Gestirn Fal VIII‹ (Dark Star Fal VIII), the artist condensed webs created from rivulets of paint to form an island-like entity. The composition is based on a network of relations that features divergent ways of shaping threads of paint along the edges, which swirl toward the center with deepening saturation. »The free, uninhibited flowing and spreading of paint is important to me because it is determined by chance«, noted Thieler, who preferred to work on pictorial carriers placed horizontally on the floor, an approach similar to that of Jackson Pollock. Here, Thieler reinforced his fundamentally paradoxical strategy of lending order to chance by applying the color of white with a brush to engender an oddly hovering presence, as if concealing a hub of secrets like fog shrouding the edge of a crater.