An image of Magenta

Gunter Christmann

(Germany, Australia 23 Apr 1936 – 19 Nov 2013)

Magenta

Location
Not on display
Further information

Gunter Christmann was a German-born artist formerly associated with Central Street Gallery in Sydney. Central Street Gallery was among the first advocates of formalism in Australian art during the mid to late 1960s. Christmann's 'Magenta' was included in an exhibition of experimental works based on different colours of the spectrum. In this work, Christmann has allowed the watered-down medium to run and bleed into the canvas, resulting in chanceful, fluid forms and varying degrees of monochrome. The thin overlaid vertical strips see Christmann attempt to synthesise his former hard-edge style with action painting - a method he would resolve in his aerial 'sprankle' paintings from late 1969. Magenta once hung in the bedroom of Australian author Patrick White, who donated the work to the Art Gallery of New South Wales in 1979.

Year
1969
Media
Painting
Medium
synthetic polymer paint on canvas
Dimensions
167.6 x 167.6 x 5.5 cm stretcher
Signature & date

Signed and dated u.l. verso on canvas, black fibre-tipped pen "G.S. Christmann/ May '69/ ...".

Credit
Gift of Patrick White 1979
Accession number
3.1979
Copyright
© Estate of Gunter Christmann