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Lot 81 D

Fritz Koenig - Kreuz VI

Auction 1177 - overview Cologne
17.06.2021, 18:00 - Modern/Contemporary Art - Evening Sale
Estimate: 35.000 € - 40.000 €
Result: 137.500 € (incl. premium)

Fritz Koenig

Kreuz VI

Bronze with golden patina. Approx. 26 x 27 x 25 cm. On a marble base 13 x 18 x 14.8 cm. Hammered monogramme 'FK'. One of 6 casts. - Minor traces of age.

The small format “Kreuz VI” on offer here was created in the same year as the “Große Kreuz VI” for the 'Versöhnungskirche Dachau' in which the artist applied the same shape but in a larger scale. In both works, Koenig transforms the cross motif into an impressive, sculptural image idea by seemingly blasting a cuboid body into four blocks by an internal explosive force. The cracks and deformations of this imagined explosion form the horizontal and vertical crossbeams. “The fact that the explosive power originates from an organic or even anthropomorphic being can only be surmised; only shapes that do not allow a reliable classification are visible. […] When the cross figure containing the promise of resurrection emerges from the conflict, hence when the new invention produces the old Christian symbol, it does so with a matter-of-factness that almost makes one forget the extraordinary nature of the pictorial solution.” (Peter Anselm Riedl, Dietrich Clarenbach, Fritz Koenig, Skulpturen, Werkverzeichnis, Munich 2003, p. 14).

Catalogue Raisonné

Dietrich Clarenbach, Fritz Koenig, Skulpturen, Werkverzeichnis, Munich 2003, cat.rais. no. 377


Private collection, Baden-Württemberg