Norbert Bisky (b. 1970)

Lot 5: Norbert Bisky, Painting 'Wo gehobelt wird fallen Späne', 2002

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April 16, 2014
Berlin, Germany

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Description: Oil on canvas
Germany, 2002
Norbert Bisky (b. 1970) - German painter
Signed and dated 'Bisky 2002'
Dimensions: 210 x 250 cm
Excellent condition
Provenance: German private collection
Norbert Bisky is one of today's most successful German artists. In 2003/04, the present painting was exhibited in the important exhibition 'Berlin-Moscow / Moscow -Berlin' in the Martin- Gropius-Bau in Berlin, and in the Moscow Tretyakov Gallery. Similar paintings by Bisky are sold for more than 60.000 euros in the international auction market

The present oil painting is the work of the German painter Norbert Bisky, and dates to 2002. The composition is characterized by a dynamic and sketchy brushstroke, being painted in a warm apricot, to which are added single yellow accents. On closer inspection, the painting reveals a tumult of young athletic men, who are connected in a large bundle, some of them upside down, some knotted, some laughing. The depiction of powerful athletes is a recurring subject in Bisky's oeuvre. The title of the present painting, 'Wo gehobelt wird fallen Späne' [You can't make an omelet without breaking eggs], enhances the work with a deeper meaning. The German proverb says that very important things sometimes require a sacrifice. In the past, Bisky's reference to the proverb was taken as a proof for his engagement with the German-German reunification by art critics.

The painting is signed and dated on verso, 'Bisky 2002'. It is in excellent good condition with only minimal wear. The dimensions are 210 x 250 cm.

Norbert Bisky (born 1970)
Norbert Bisky was born in Leipzig in 1970. He is one of the most important contemporary artists and a proponent of the 'New Realism'. Bisky studied with Georg Baselitz at the Universität der Künste in Berlin. Bisky's early work shows young athletic men in a seemingly ideal world, depicted in a bright sunlight. His later works became more and more radical. Bisky is inspired by the art of the Renaissance and the Pop Art. Also, Alexander Deineka, Leni Riefenstahl, Francisco de Goya and Jusepe de Ribera inspired his oeuvre. Works by Norbert Bisky can be found in numerous international collections, including the Museum Ludwig in Cologne, the Museum of Fine Arts in Leipzig, and the Museum of Modern Art in New York.

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