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Untitled (Aquarellskizze), 1953

Watercolour and pencil on paper
9 2/5 × 13 2/5 in
24 × 34 cm
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We thank the Ernst Wilhelm Nay Estate for the kind support. They have dated this work to the year …

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We thank the Ernst Wilhelm Nay Estate for the kind support. They have dated this work to the year 1953.

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Confirmed and inscribed on the reverse: 10 Nay Aquarellskizze 1952. Dieses Blatt ist von E.W. Nay. Elisabeth Nay.
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Ernst Wilhelm Nay
German, 1902–1968
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Ernst Wilhelm Nay deftly adapted his Expressionist style to the climate of post-war abstraction, maintaining subtle and individual use of color while expressing energy with quick brushstrokes. White Spring (1963), part of his purely abstract series of oil paintings composed mainly of loose circles (“Disks” 1955-63), exemplifies his capacity for deep conceptual and expressive meaning. For Nay, the disks represented a fundamental, universal form, free of personal connotations. Color remained central to Nay’s paintings, gouaches, and drawings, as he simplified forms and cooled his palette—sometimes applying daring color combinations—to create spaceless compositions of planes in late works such as Sinus (1966). Unlike many of his peers, Nay eschewed the influence of second-generation Abstract Expressionism and the newly emerging threads of Op, Pop, and Minimalist art.

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Koller Auctions

We thank the Ernst Wilhelm Nay Estate for the kind support. They have dated this work to the year …

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We thank the Ernst Wilhelm Nay Estate for the kind support. They have dated this work to the year 1953.

Signature
Confirmed and inscribed on the reverse: 10 Nay Aquarellskizze 1952. Dieses Blatt ist von E.W. Nay. Elisabeth Nay.
Image rights
Courtesy of Koller Auktionen
Ernst Wilhelm Nay
German, 1902–1968
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Ernst Wilhelm Nay deftly adapted his Expressionist style to the climate of post-war abstraction, maintaining subtle and individual use of color while expressing energy with quick brushstrokes. White Spring (1963), part of his purely abstract series of oil paintings composed mainly of loose circles (“Disks” 1955-63), exemplifies his capacity for deep conceptual and expressive meaning. For Nay, the disks represented a fundamental, universal form, free of personal connotations. Color remained central to Nay’s paintings, gouaches, and drawings, as he simplified forms and cooled his palette—sometimes applying daring color combinations—to create spaceless compositions of planes in late works such as Sinus (1966). Unlike many of his peers, Nay eschewed the influence of second-generation Abstract Expressionism and the newly emerging threads of Op, Pop, and Minimalist art.

Untitled (Aquarellskizze), 1953

Watercolour and pencil on paper
9 2/5 × 13 2/5 in
24 × 34 cm
Bidding closed
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