Hans Uhlmann, Untitled, 1958
Hans Uhlmann, Untitled, 1958

Hans Uhlmann (1900-1975)

Untitled, 1958

In 1950 Hans Uhlmann was appointed professor at the College of Fine Arts in Berlin. During the same year he began to realise his first drawings using black chalk – a technique he favoured from that time onwards. The figurative or representational disappeared more and more from his visual worlds and the interplay of lines and planes, of light and dark developed into the sole subject of his drawings. As Uhlmann himself noted, in his oeuvre of drawings from “1957 to 1959, chalk drawings of a geometric-constructive nature dominated”. This work is an unusually large-format example from that period. Compact black shapes force their way into the picture area from the periphery. They are set into a web of lines drawn with a ruler, most converging and culminating in a sharp point. This web seems to exist alongside as well as under and above the black shapes; sometimes it even appears to float as a transparent framework in space – held by threads anchored somewhere outside the image. As in all Uhlmann’s later chalk drawings, here he makes “spatial conditions and fields of tension visible without engaging in objective references.”

Untitled, 1958
Chalk on card
100 x 150 cm
Acquired using budgetary funds from the Senate Office for Cultural Affairs Berlin, 1989

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