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Lot 14 D

Zdeněk Sýkora - Linien Nr. 31

Auction 1177 - overview Cologne
17.06.2021, 18:00 - Modern/Contemporary Art - Evening Sale
Estimate: 180.000 € - 220.000 €
Result: 1.052.000 € (incl. premium)

Zdeněk Sýkora

Linien Nr. 31

Oil on canvas. 200 x 200 cm. Signed and dated 'Sýkora 85' on the canvas verso. Signed, dated and titled 'Nr. 31 1985 Zdenék Sýkora, Nr. 31 1985' and dimensions and address stamp of the artist on the stretcher. - Traces of studio and minor traces of age.

The present painting has been used as a draft in a modified form for the print: Phase No.31, 1989, colour screen print on paper, 70 x 70 cm, Edition Kunstverein Dusseldorf.

Lines of an unusual width and density dominate this work by Zdenek Sýkora from the series of works of the line paintings, on which Sýkora had been working since 1973. Inextricably intertwined bands of colour in orange, blue, green, brown, and black dominate the foreground and catch the gaze of the viewer. The twisted lines begin to loosen up only in the upper and lateral areas. The work exemplifies the striking vivacity and individuality that the artist is able to breathe into his line paintings. The broad lines in the foreground convey a feeling of severity and inertia and their compact entanglements appear impenetrable. In contrast, the white pictorial space appears to open up and become lighter toward the borders; fine lines become more prominent in this area, radiating an animated activity.
Although planned by the artist using computer technology and applied to the canvas with great technical precision, his lines unmistakably lead a life of their own - and this is only made possible because Sýkora bases his compositions on the principle of chance. The mesh of lines on the square pictorial ground always appears to be only a section of a larger whole and is reminiscent of natural phenomena. These associations are probably in keeping with the spirit of the artist who began his career as a landscape painter and who repeatedly addressed his relationship to nature: “At work I always come up with something new [...]. One could also say that each painting stems from the previous one, and the next one from the present one. Just as it is in nature.” (Zdenek Sýkora, cited from: Zdenek Sýkora, System und Kraft der Linie, exhib. cat. Emil Schumacher Museum Hagen, Dortmund 2015, p. 20).


The present work is registered in the Lenka Sýkorová and Zdenék Sýkora Archive, Louny.


Art Affairs, Amsterdam; private collection, Finland


Pavel Kappel, Zdenek Sýkora 90, Prague 2015, p. 98 with view of installation

Lenka Sýkorová (ed.), Zdenek Sýkora, Interviews, Prague 2009, p. 82 with col. ill.

Lenka Sýkorová (ed.), Zdenek Sýkora, Prints, Prague 2008, p. 23 with col. ill.
Zdenek Sýkora, exhib.cat. Galerie Heinz Teufel, Amsterdam 1991, p. 34/35 with col. ill.

Zdenek Sýkora, exhib.cat. Kunsthaus der Stadt Brünn, Brünn 1988, n.p. with col. ill.
Brno 1988 (House of Art), Zdenek Sýkora, exhib.cat., n.p. with col. ill.


Amsterdam 1991 (Art Affairs), Zdenek Sýkora

Amsterdam 1989 (Art Affairs), Zdenek Sýkora, Line-Paintings

Bottrop 1986 (Quadrat Bottrop, Josef Albers Museum), Zdenek Sýkora, Retrospective, exhib.cat. no. 45 (adhesive label verso)