Lot 390
  • 390

Thomas Schütte

50,000 - 70,000 GBP
122,500 GBP
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  • Thomas Schütte
  • Untitled
  • each: numbered; signed and dated 1983 on the reverse
  • watercolour and ink on paper, in twenty-four parts


Galerie Philip Nelson, Villeurbanne
Acquired directly from the above by the present owner

Catalogue Note

An elaborate exploration of architectural forms in 24 parts, Untitled brilliantly encapsulates Thomas Schütte’s inventive interest in the staging mechanisms of exhibition-making and utopian modernist architecture. With detailed studies of individual architectural elements, domestic buildings and imposing designs, the watercolours of Untitled constitute an encompassing overview of the artist’s signature exploration of small-scale models for imaginary buildings and spaces, executed in a medium that is highly significant for his practice. “Although he is best known as a sculptor, it would in fact be difficult to overestimate the importance of drawing in Schütte’s artistic practice. Schütte’s drawings, whether rendered in ink or in watercolor, express an almost cartoon-like humility and an economy of means that belie both their gravitas and their poetic invocation of the existential dilemmas of being human” (Exhibition Catalogue, Stockholm, Jarla Partilager, Thomas Schütte, 2006, p. 6).