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Identification and Creation
Object Number
2016.211
People
Willi Baumeister, German (Stuttgart, Germany 1889 - 1955 Stuttgart, Germany)
Title
Growth of the Crystals II
Other Titles
Original Language Title: Wachstum der Kristalle II
Former Title: Metaphysische Landschaft (Metaphysical Landscape)
Classification
Paintings
Work Type
painting
Date
1947/52
Culture
German
Physical Descriptions
Medium
Oil with resin and putty on hardboard
Dimensions
81 × 100 cm (31 7/8 × 39 3/8 in.)
framed: 94.3 × 113 × 5.9 cm (37 1/8 × 44 1/2 × 2 5/16 in.)
Inscriptions and Marks
  • Signed: l.l.: W. Baumeister 47
  • label: On verso, u.l. on foam label: Wachstum der Kristalle II / 1947/52 / Öl auf Karton
  • label: On verso, u.l.: Centro Atlantico de Arte Moderno / No. Prestamo AUT 92016 / Autor Baumeister / Titulo Wachstum der Kristalle II / Medidas 81 x 100. / Exposicion Automatismos II / Fecha 11.2.92 / 29.3.92 / Procendencia Stuttgart Alemania / No. Caja 52
  • label: On verso, u.c.: CFM [graphic] / Wachstum der Kristalle 1948 / koh 49
  • label: On verso, u.c.: [lantern graphic] Willi Baumeister / Wachstum der Kristalle II / 1947-52 / BB 1391, 81 x 100 cm.
  • inscription: On verso, u.l., in black ink on white tape: Essen
  • inscription: On verso, in charcoal: Metaphysische Landschaft [crossed out] / 1948 - (52) / 100 x 81 / Wachstum der Kristalle II
  • label: On verso, l.l.: 238 atelier / willi baumeister
Provenance
The artist, by bequest; to the Baumeister Estate, gift/sale; to the Busch-Reisinger Museum, 2016.
Acquisition and Rights
Credit Line
Harvard Art Museums/Busch-Reisinger Museum, Partial gift of Felicitas Baumeister and Jochen Gutbrod and purchase through the generosity of the German Friends of the Busch-Reisinger Museum
Copyright
© Willi Baumeister / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / VG Bild-Kunst, Germany
Accession Year
2016
Object Number
2016.211
Division
Modern and Contemporary Art
Contact
am_moderncontemporary@harvard.edu
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Publication History

Juergen Thimme, Baumeister und Winter, Numero (1953), Vol. 3, pp. 22-23, pp. 22-23, ill. (b/w)

Will Grohmann, Willi Baumeister: Leben und Werk, DuMont Schauberg (Cologne, 1963), p. 111, no. 1075, ill. (b/w)

Ursula Beerhorst, "Studien zur Maltechnik von Willi Baumeister 1920-1955" (1987), pp. 25, 30, 79, ill. (b/w)

Yule F. Heibel, Reconstructing the Subject: Modernist Painting in Western Germany, 1945-1950, Princeton University Press (Princeton, New Jersey, 1995), ill. no. III, col. ill.

Peter Beye and Felicitas Baumeister, Willi Baumeister: Werkkatalog der Gemälde II, Hatje Cantz Verlag (Stuttgart, Germany, 2002), p. 546, no. 1391, ill. (b/w)

Lynette Roth and Ilka Voermann, Inventur—Art in Germany, 1943–55, exh. cat., Harvard Art Museums (Cambridge, MA, 2018), pp. front cover (detail), 240-242, cat. no. 26.1, ill. (color)

Exhibition History

Zeugnisse europäischer Gemeinsamkeit–Meisterwerke der Malerei und Plastik aus europäischen Museen und Privatsammlungen, Ruhrfestspiele Recklinghausen, Kunsthalle Recklinghausen, 06/18/1954 - 07/30/1954

Pittura della Germania d’oggi. Baumeister, Bode, Geiger, Nay, Sonderborg, Thieler, Werner, Winter, Galleria del Milione, 05/01/1957 - 05/31/1957

Willi Baumeister zum Gedächtnis, Galerie Gunther Francke, 06/04/1958 - 06/30/1958

Willi Baumeister, Fränkische Galerie, 01/01/1960 - 02/28/1960

ZEN 49: Die ersten zehn Jahre - Orientierungen, Staatliche Kunsthalle Baden-Baden, 12/06/1986 - 02/15/1987

L'Art en Europe, Les années décisives 1945-1953, Musée d’Art Moderne Saint Etienne, 12/10/1987 - 02/28/1988

Willi Baumeister, Neue Nationalgalerie Berlin, 04/07/1989 - 05/28/1989

Willi Baumeister: Malarstwo i grafika, Muzeum Sztuki, Lodz, 01/01/1990 - 12/31/1990

Willi Baumeister: Malerei und Grafik, Galerie am Fischmarkt Erfut, 09/21/1991 - 11/03/1991; Lindenau-Museum Altenburg, 11/07/1991 - 01/12/1992

Automatismos Paralelos: La Europa de los Movimientos Experimentales 1944-1956, Sala de Exposiciónes de la Comunidad de Madrid, 04/01/1992 - 05/31/1992

32Q: 1200 Mid-Century Abstraction I (Painterly Abstraction), Harvard Art Museums, Cambridge, 04/07/2017 - 01/10/2018

Inventur—Art in Germany, 1943–55, Harvard Art Museums, Cambridge, 02/09/2018 - 06/03/2018

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