Fingermalerei - Kreuzübermalung. 1987. Mixed media over photo board collaged on honeycomb core panel. 151 x 80 cm (59.4 x 31.4 in). [SM].
• Overpainting is the key principle of his art • Arnulf Rainer is one of the most significant contemporary Austrian artists • 'Kreuzübermalungen' (Corss Overpaintings) count among his most sought-after works • Impressive format • Arnulf Rainer is a self-taught artist, after just a few days he left the Vienna academy because of an artistic controversy.
Accompanied by a photo expertise issued by the artist on April 7, 2018.
PROVENANCE: Galerie m, Bochum. Private collection North Rhine-Westphalia (since 2011, acquired from aforementioned).
"The cross has become my basic figure. I just can't think of anything else that challenges me and makes me angry and so hard working, which is why I keep going back to it." Arnulf Rainer, quote from: Friedhelm Mennekes - Das Kreuz als Realpräsenz in: Johannes Röhrig, Arnulf Rainer - Kreuz-Weisen, Kunst-Station Sankt Peter Cologne, Cologne 1992, p. 12.