'Untitled' Still Life - Berlin School (circa 1960s)
'Untitled' still life, oil on board, by unknown artist (c. 1960s) from the Berlin School. Acquired in Italy, this cubist still life depicts objects from the ordinary, particularly related to music with what appears to be a violin or other stringed instrument. The painting's background is in a dark, earthy brown brought to life with luminescent white, green and lighter shades of reddish-brown and beige. Certainly reminiscent of Picasso, Braque and Juan Gris, this artwork is a delight and harks back to the era when cubism was in vogue. A modern piece such as this one, especially so well executed, will never go out of style and is perfect for that bare niche in your home or workplace. The artwork has been professionally cleaned and is in very good overall condition. Newly framed with French-style linen slip. Initialed but illegible in lower left hand corner ('L.' visible).
About the Artist: Our gallery has access to a cache of paintings from the 1940s to the 1970s attributed to an art collective whose traces start with Germany. Berlin to start, but also Dresden, along the Saale, Weimar, Brera in Milan and Brussels. From the post-war period and onwards, they hosted young people who experimented with different painting techniques with exceptionally creative results. Over the years, dedicated art-seekers managed to unearth a treasure trove of these works from forgotten repositories. Once examined, the paintings were presented first to the Italian art market and then beyond, to art lovers in Europe and the United States.
Quietly, but surely, word of mouth scattered the news of the existence of these found artworks: cubist, expressionist, futurist and avant-garde. Trying to label these pieces doesn’t do them justice truly, but to call them studies, sketches, or simply, creations, would be more accurate.
It is interesting to note the artworks were very often unsigned, but often as not, initialled or monogrammed. Using known masterpieces as reference, their mentors suggested a particular style with which to experiment. Regrettably, this makes it impossible to pinpoint who amongst these bright creatives ‘made it’ in the world of art. But it really doesn’t matter. Each piece we've selected was extraordinary and therein lies the interest in these works.
Today, the artists’ creations hang on the walls of art lovers in London, Paris, New York, Hong Kong, Miami and Los Angeles. Galleries scramble to acquire the works having recognised the outstanding potential in the international art markets for these pieces with such fascinating origins.
Dimensions with Frame:
H 42 cm / 16.5"
W 32.5 cm / 12.8"
Dimensions without Frame:
H 28.5 cm / 11.2"
W 19 cm / 7.5"