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PROPERTY FROM A DISTINGUISHED PRIVATE COLLECTION

Christian Schad
BAPHOMET
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PROPERTY FROM A DISTINGUISHED PRIVATE COLLECTION

Christian Schad
BAPHOMET
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Christian Schad
1894 - 1982
BAPHOMET
signed Schad and dated 50 (lower left)
tempera and silver pen on paper
49 by 31.9cm., 19 1/4 by 12 1/2 in.
Executed in 1950.
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This work will be included in the forthcoming Catalogue raisonné being prepared by the Christian-Schad-Stiftung, Aschaffenburg.

Provenance

Private Collection, Germany
Sale: Galerie Bassenge, Berlin, 28th November 2009, lot 7311
Purchased at the above sale by the present owner

Exhibited

Braunschweig, Städtisches Museum Braunschweig; Hildesheim, Roemer-Pelizaeus-Musuem & Remscheid, Städtisches Kulturamt, Christian Schad, Bilder und Blätter, 1960-61, no. 150
Aschaffenburg, Galerie der Stadt Aschaffenburg, Christian Schad, Die späten Jahre 1942-1982, 1994, no. 12, illustrated in the catalogue
Passau, Museum Moderner Kunst Stiftung Wörlen; Wilhelmshafen, Kunsthalle Wilhelmshafen, Christian Schad: die Späten Jahre 1942-1982, 1994-95
Hamburg, Ernst Barlach Museum, Christian Schad. Werkschau, 1999
Berlin, Haus am Waldsee & Leipzig, Museum der bildenden Künste, Christian Schad. Vom Expressionismus zum magischen Realismus, 1999-2000
Erfurt, Kunsthalle Erfurt, Christian Schad. Die Magie des Realen, 2000-01
Wolfsburg, Städtische Galerie Wolfsburg, Christian Schad. Aquarelle, Zeichnungen, Graphiken und Schadographien, 2001

Catalogue Note

A German painter, Christian Schad is best known for his experimental photograms known as ‘schadographs’. He was closely associated with Dada and the New Objectivity movement, however, because his work appeared superficially neo-classical, Schad's art was not condemned by the Nazis in the same way as the work of Otto Dix, George Grosz, Max Beckmann, and other artists of the New Objectivity movement. Later in his career, Schad's interest in Eastern philosophy corresponded with a move towards a Magic Realist style, exemplified by the present work.

Baphomet is an imagined pagan deity revived in the 19th Century as a figure of occultism and Satanism. Since 1856, the name Baphomet has been generally associated with a 'Sabbatic Goat' image drawn by the French Occultist and author Eliphas Levi (fig. 1) which contains binary elements representing the 'sum total of the universe' (e.g. male and female, good and evil, etc.). The figure that is depicted here by Schad combines good and evil, man and demon, man and woman, man and animal, and also includes elements of alchemy.

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