Ernst Wilhelm Nay

White Spring

1963

Artist
Ernst Wilhelm Nay 1902–1968
Original title
Weisse Quelle
Medium
Oil paint on canvas
Dimensions
Support: 1410 x 2010 x 39 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Presented by Elisabeth Nay-Scheibler, Cologne 2008
Reference
T12549

Not on display

Display caption

Nay was the leading figure in the generation of German painters who reinvented expressionism in the climate of post-war abstraction. White Spring shows his ability to maintain an immensely subtle and individual use of colour in the midst of apparent speed and concentrated energy. It is one of the last in his Disks series (1955-63), which are predominantly composed of circles which loosen, grow and fragment under the control of linear elements. For Nay, the disks possessed a fundamental and universal significance, free of personal connotations, in spite of the clear presence of the mark-making of the artist.

Gallery label, May 2008

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