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Günther Förg. Peintures sur Canson

Günther Förg Untitled, 1998 Acrylic on paper - art on paper, drawing, contemporary drawing, work on paper, contemporary art

Günther Förg

Untitled, 1998
Acrylic on paper
148 x 100 cm

Günther FörgPeintures sur Canson
12 January – 4 March 2023
Gallery Lelong & Co., Paris

Günther Förg
Untitled, 1996
Acrylic on paper
148 x 100 cm

[from the pressrelease]

This new exhibition of Günther Förg (1952-2013) brings together an ensemble of twelve paintings on large sheets of Canson paper, made at the very end of the twentieth century (1996 – 2000). Most of them have never been on show before. Together, they suggest a kind of synopsis of several major artistic trends of the century that was then ending. Förg refused to be pigeon-holed into any artistic school or movement, whether abstract or figurative. He saw himself as a free artist who drew inspiration as much from observing reality around him as from the work of the major artists he admired. He considered painting on paper to be just as important as works on canvas. A previous exhibition at Galerie Lelong in 2015 displayed very large paper works from 1989-90.

This new grouping of works evokes – in an allusive and never ponderous manner – Ernst Wilhelm Nay or Nicolas de Staël, of Edvard Munch or Alberto Giacometti (the knee), as well as the artist’s own recurrent themes and structures such as grids and windows. Each of these works evinces the marvellous ease and accuracy that characterised the artist’s touch, the suppleness and liveliness of his brush. Ten years after his untimely death, his work has achieved a solid reputation internationally, a model of freedom that has become a point of reference and an inspiration for many young artists.

Günther Förg
Untitled, 1998
Acrylic on paper
148 x 100 cm

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