gouache on paper
75 x 56 cm (29 1/2 x 22 in.)
signed and dated lower center verso inscribed 'Serie "farbgebungen"'
Gotthard Graubner experimented with possibilities for expanding the pictorial space of the conventional panel painting into the space since the early 1960s, to in this way create a light and colour surface that is not panel-like at all, instead expanding aimlessly but vigorously and pulsing into the space.
Graubner in fact began with expressionistic and geometric-abstract paintings but abandoned this path in around 1962, increasingly searching for other forms of expression. The first cushion paintings were created, in which the painting was stretched over a layer of synthetic wool, thus leading to an embodiment and ultimately to a spatialization of the colour. The application of the paint itself, although it remained in the same chromatic range, could never be called “monochrome” in Graubner’s case – iridescent and clayey surfaces are characteristic of his painting. There is nonetheless no brushwork and no “signature”, and just as little a thickness of the paint.