The painting is listed under the inventory number 0/3.697 in the directory of the Emil Schumacher foundation organised by Dr. Ulrich Schumacher. We thank Dr. Ulrich Schumacher for the kind, scientific support.
Provenance: - Galerie van de Loo, Munich (stamp) - Galerie Reckermann, Cologne (stamp) - Galerie Bernard, Grenchen/Switzerland (stamp) - Galerie Rudolf Zwirner, Cologne (according to consigner) - Private collection North Rhine-Westphalia
Literature: - Exhibiton-cat. Kestner-Gesellschaft Hannover 1961/1962, ill. - Exhibiton-cat. La grand geste! Informel und Abstrakter Expressionismus 1946-1964, Museum Kunstpalast, Düsseldorf 2010, cat. no. 133, p. 147, ill
At the beginning of the 1950s, Emil Schumacher detached himself from the object as a pictorial motif. Here, in this painting from 1959, the material and painting are at the centre of his creative work as their own, meaningful expression, entirely in the spirit of Informel. Nevertheless, the strongly graphic element allows some fascinating discoveries: the viewer cannot help but unite the black lines lying on the white surface and resembling a cipher into a figurative construct. The line construct evokes associations and reveals the contours of a human being. Is there a person standing on skis in a wintery white landscape? At the same time, Schumacher makes the artistic moment, the creative process, visible in the roughness of his partly broken and sublime surfaces. The artist shares testing and experimenting with new materials, processes and techniques throughout his entire oeuvre with the viewer. It is not unusual for him to choose titles for his works that are later invented, full of associations, that sometimes originate from his imagination or are based on real places or persons and names
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