Edgar Ende - Musik
Oil on paper, mounted on fibreboard 52.5 x 72 cm Framed. Signed and dated 'E Ende 1948' lower right. Paper labels on the frame, therein titled in ink 'Musik' and inscribed with his own name and address 'Edgar Ende Leopoldstr 135a'. Numbered "25" in black pencil on the upper frame bar. - With a tiny retouching in the lower right part of the picture and minimal rubbing due to framing in the margins.
Edgar Ende is frequently classified as a Surrealist painter, and yet Surrealism's intellectual and playful approach is not applicable to his highly imaginative pictorial worlds. Ende “does not consider himself an inventor, or an artist but more an explorer who discovers strange worlds and remote horizons. He thus does not playfully manipulate the pictorial world available to him and instead takes a back seat to the images, places himself as the medium in the service of what is seen. Painting has to eschew all claims of its own, and simply record as exactly as possible what the imagination has tracked down by way of images in the darkness.” (Gottfried Knapp, in: Jörg Kriechbaum (ed.), Edgar Ende. Der Maler geistiger Welten. Eine Monographie, Stuttgart & Vienna, 1987, p. 17)
Galerie Wolfgang Ketterer, Munich (1972); Galerie Wolfgang Ketterer, Munich, 17th auction May 1976, lot 445, p. 53; Private collection, North Germany
Munich 1972 (Galerie Wolfgang Ketterer), Edgar Ende, Katalog der nachgelassenen Werke, cat. no. 25 with illus. (here marked as not for sale)