K. R. H. Sonderborg (1923 - 2008)

Lot 76: K.R.H. Sonderborg (1923-2008), Ink Drawing with Chair, 1993

Auctionata Paddle8 AG

April 16, 2014
Berlin, Germany

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Description: Ink on strong wove paper (Schoellershammer)
Germany, 1993
K.R.H. Sonderborg (1923-2008) - Important artist of the German Informel
Signed and dated lower right, 'Sonderborg 93'
Overall dimensions, with frame: 162 x 132 cm
Black cabinet frame
Very good condition
Provenance: Austrian private collection
A gestural composition from the artist's mature creative period. Works on paper by K.R.H. Sonderborg sell for up to 32,000 euros at international auctions

The present ink brush drawing is the work of K.R.H. Sonderborg, and dates from 1993. It is an expressive composition of the artist's mature creative period. The artist of Danish descent is considered one of the most important proponents of the German Informel. He is also known for his own, 'timeless' style, which sometimes becomes figural, as visible in the present ink drawing. The dynamic and meditative work is also reminiscent of the 'Action Painting', and the artistic movement of the ZEN 49 group. Sonderborg himself rejected any interpretation about his works and merely indicated when and where they were created.

The sheet is signed and dated lower right, 'Sonderborg 93'. It is mounted on black cardboard at the corners on verso. The overall condition of the work is very good. The paper shows slight creases and tiny mounting holes in the corners. The black cabinet frame is in very good condition with only minimal wear. The overall dimensions, framed, are 162 x 132 cm. The sheet measures 100 x 72 cm.

K.R.H. Sonderborg (1923-2008)
Born in Denmark, the painter K.R.H. Sonderborg (Kurt Rudolf Hoffmann) is considered an important artist of the German Informel. Despite the art historical association with this movement, the artist preserved his own style. From 1965 to 1990, Sonderborg was professor of painting at the Academy of Fine Arts in Stuttgart. From 1969 to 1970, he was a visiting professor at the Minneapolis College of Art and Design, and, in 1986, a visiting professor at the Art Institute in Chicago. Sonderborg participated in the documenta in Kassel in 1959 and 1964.

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