ROT
Karl Fred Dahmen
STOLBERG 1917 - PREINERSDO 1981
ROT
1964
COLLAGE – OIL UND AND MIXED MEDIA
SIGNED LOWER LEFT: “DAHMEN“
44 X 32.5 CM

After World War ll and his education as a graphic artist, Dahmen worked as a painter and became co-founder of the Neue Aachener Gruppe.


 


After the war Dahmen felt the great need to deal with the current artistic trends of Paris, so he organised the first French-German exhibition “Heute” with their representatives in the Museum of Aachen in 1953. In 1957 Dahmen joined the Deutscher Künstlerbund and belonged to the group of Deutsche Tachisten. The artist’s early work also includes wood collages. Dahmen received the first international art-price for abstract painting in Lausanne in 1959. From the mid-1960s the artist integrated different objects in his paintings. His material-artworks and object boxes remind of the goals as them by the Nouveaux Réalistes - a reconnection of art and life through real objects. Dahmen also became co-founder of the Nouvelle École Européenne in Lausanne. He received the graphic-price in Ibiza and moved, because of teaching at the art academy in Munich, to Chiemgau, where he died in 1981. Dahmen is as a painter and object-artist one of the earliest and most important representatives of the Informel – Dahmen counts to the most important German artists.


Karl Fred Dahmen executed our abstract composition in 1964. This expressive artwork combines Tachist elements – drippings à la Jackson Pollock or Sam Francis – with the art of spraying. The artist works skilfully with brown, red, black and white pigments. The result is a composition charged with suspense and revolving around the relationship between colour surface and line as well as the intuitive painting process expressed in the spontaneous handling of the lines. A characteristic example of the prominent artist’s style, it speaks of the energy and intensity with which Karl Fred Dahmen has dedicated himself to the principles of Informel.