Ernst Wilhelm Nay

Das polyphone BildGouachen, Aquarelle, Zeichnungen

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Ernst Wilhelm Nay
Das polyphone BildGouachen, Aquarelle, Zeichnungen

Ed. Ernst Wilhelm Nay Stiftung, text(s) by Stefan Gronert, Christoph Schreier, Stephan Berg, Ulf Küster, Volker Adolphs, Erich Franz, Roland Scotti, graphic design by Andreas Schmidt


2012. 162 pp., 124 ills.


24.80 x 28.70 cm

ISBN 978-3-7757-3433-2

More than one hundred major works on paper by the artist known for his colors

Ernst Wilhelm Nay (1902–1968) used color as the theme of his art. It was the means and the goal of his work, not only in his paintings but also in most of the gouaches, watercolors, and drawings. This publication presents a good 110 works on paper, reflecting the development of the artist throughout his career. From the 1937 images of Lofoten, with their intense depictions of nature, to the postwar Hecate pictures, which still contain figurative elements, the energy of the colors can be seen as they continue to unfold ever more freely in the subsequent Fugal paintings. In 1955 the disc became his predominant visual motif, and Nay guided the colors to create peaceful harmonies. In 1963 he began crossing out the discs, almost automatically forming the shape of an eye, and in his final paintings he pared back the intensified drama of the eye pictures, reducing the colors to an ornamental juxtaposition of planes.

Exhibition schedule: Kunstmuseum Bonn, September 20, 2012–February 3, 2013 | Museum Liner, Appenzell, March 17–June 16, 2013 | Mönchehaus Museum Goslar, July 14 – September 14, 2013

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