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Lot 42 D

Georges Mathieu - Untitled (Herzog von Sachsen)

Auction 1233 - overview Cologne
01.12.2023, 18:00 - Evening Sale - Modern and Contemporary Art
Estimate: 180.000 € - 200.000 €

Georges Mathieu

Untitled (Herzog von Sachsen)

Oil on canvas. 130 x 130 cm. Framed. Signiert und datiert 'Mathieu 60'. - Traces of studio and minor traces of age.

The abstract, emphatically gestural works by Georges Mathieu are explosions of colour that appear to emerge straight out of the centre of the painting. The energetical composition reaches into the monochrome pictorial space in staccato-like straight lines, arches, and zigzags partly applied extremely impasto, partly thinned out to transparency. The speed with which the artist works remains visible in the finished painting.
Georges Mathieu is one of the most significant representatives of Tachism. This form of Informel emerged in France in the 1940s and is closely related to American Action Painting, which developed at the same time. Based on the „écriture automatique“ of Surrealism, it is about the expression of the subconscious through an intuitive painting process that is not driven by planning or intellectual control. At times, Mathieu celebrated this process confidently in public shows; he attached greater significance to the vigorous, extremely rapid creation of the painting than to the finished work.
The descriptive title of our painting underlines the dramatic effect of the composition which is executed on a reddish-brown ground. It refers to the assassination of the Norman commander Gottfried who ruled over Friesland during the 9th century and was involved in the Viking invasion of the Rhineland. He was killed by Heinrich von Babenberg in 885; Willibert, Archbishop of Cologne, was also involved in the conspiracy.


Interart, Art Contemporain, Zurich (1964); Collection Alfred Otto & Margot Müller, Cologne


Dusseldorf 1976 (Städtische Kunsthalle), Prospect, Retrospect, Europa 1946-1976,, p.43 with ill. (there titled: Herzog von Sachsen)

Munich 1962 (Neue Galerie im Künstlerhaus), Georges Mathieu,, n.p. with ill. (there titled: Henri Duc de Sax et Guillebert Archevêque de Cologne massacrent Godefroid le Normand 885)