Michiel GLOECKNER (1915-1989), Aquarius #4, 1973, oil on canvas

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What I like

What I love above all about this painting “Aquarius #4” by Gloeckner is the great feeling of harmony and balance of the composition, which links two offset circles into partially overlapping rectangles, opening a sort of window towards a peaceful colorful universe. We see how the study of mathematics allows the artist to be able to compose this “Aquarius #4”, soothing, evoking water but water that achieves purity.

The colorful range used by Gloeckner is reminiscent of certain works by Paul Klee: an ordered dream, a universe of light tones, joyful without being noisy.

I like the fact that Gloeckner’s life, from Otto Dix’s classes in Dresden to his departure for New York, reflects so well the history of European art, impacted by Nazism, and fertilizing American art. this painter has been exhibited in the best New York galleries, and his works appear in international museums, which clearly shows his importance.

Technical description

Michiel GLOECKNER (1915-1989)

Aquarius #4, 1973

Oil on canvas

Monogrammed lower right, and signed, titled and dated “1973” on the back

Small gaps in material at the corners

Dimensions and weight

Height: 61 cm – Width: 51 cm – Depth: 2 cm

Weight: 2 kg

Mix & Match

This work of art by Michiel Gloeckner is bright, calm but dynamic, with a strong personality. I really like the different blues that inhabit it: I would happily associate them with that of the G10 armchairs by Pierre Guariche whose straight lines are not rigid, or with the white of this other G10 armchair accompanied by a Troika ottoman.

There is a soft green in this work which will play with that of the pair of Adirondack armchairs by Philippe Parent, with straight lines and rounded edges (the armrests), which would respond to the rhythm of our painting. Of course, the shuttle drawers of the Œil mahogany sideboard created by Joseph André Motte will accept cohabitation with the geometry of our Aquarius #4!

The white and elegant rigor of our Orsay set by Gae Aulenti will be enhanced by Gloeckner’s composition.

On the walls, the Composition by Edgard Pillet from 1950/1951 certainly has a stronger palette but the strength that emanates from it will not harm the fluidity of Aquarius.

Why not place Fernand Rolland’s polychrome wooden sculpture in the same room: it’s always about the search for balance of shapes and colors!

Finally, it can be lit either with the Cratères lamp by Daum, with its elegant abstract crystal shape, or with the methacrylate and chrome lamp by antoniofelice Botta, with its powerful and simple volume!

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To know more

The painter

Michiel Gloeckner is an American painter born in Dresden in 1915, and died in 1989. He is known for his abstract paintings in a geometric style inspired by natural forms. A painter of colorful abstractions, Michiel Gloeckner was born in Germany in 1915. The son of a prominent art collector, he was educated at the University of Dresden, where he studied mathematics and art history. He then took courses at the Royal Academy in Dresden, where he was taught by the painter and engraver Otto Dix (1891-1969). During these years, Gloeckner was deeply influenced by Paul Klee (1879-1940), the famous Swiss-German painter whose work was inspired by aspects of expressionism, cubism and surrealism. Inspired by Klee’s example, Gloeckner went on to paint geometric landscapes, moonscapes, and cityscapes that were widely admired for their use of light and atmospheric gradations of tone.

In many of these paintings, the artist covered the surface of his canvas with patchwork areas of discrete colors, infusing the image with rhythm and movement (what one critic called “nervous energy”) by varying the repeated shapes and outlines of squares. Notable for their bright color patterns and suggestive aura, Gloeckner’s paintings reflect his ability to synthesize his knowledge of mathematics with his own intuitive response to the visible world.

Following World War II, Gloeckner moved to New York. Over the next few years, he exhibited his paintings in several commercial galleries in Manhattan, including Gallery Seventy-Five (1955-56, 1958), Jacques Seligman Galleries (1960-62), World House Galleries (1962-63, 1965, 1966) and the Gallery of Contemporary Masters (1978, 1980). His work has also been exhibited at the Wadsworth Atheneum in Hartford, Connecticut (1960), the Kunstverein in Munich (1966), the Pinakothek der Moderne in Munich, Germany (1968), Galerie 5 in Paris (1972-76), the Galerie Oxy in Geneva, Switzerland (1973), and other locations in the United States and Europe.

Gloeckner spent his final years in North Cornwall, Connecticut, although he continued to maintain a studio at 115 East Seventieth Street in New York. During the 1970s, many of his abstract landscapes were influenced by his recent travels to Haiti.

His works are in the permanent collections of the Museum of Modern Art in Munich, the Allentown Museum, and the Museum of Modern Art in Stockholm.

A beautiful and authentic painting at a fair price

Our painting by Michiel Gloeckner was carefully selected for its aesthetic qualities, its originality and its fair price. Our choice favors above all the acuity of creativity, of which the signature of Michiel Gloeckner is a guarantee, a guarantee of an enhancement of your new acquisition in your interior and of an ability to dialogue with your furniture, to agree and to mix together to create a unique decoration.

Buying vintage works of art is surely a reasonable investment, such is the appetite for the 1970s.

Finally, buying vintage works of art preserves the resources of planet earth.

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Weight 2 kg
Dimensions 2 × 51 × 61 cm

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Dominique de Paillerets is passionate about objects and art. He likes to combine Design furniture from the 70s and the 18th century, in the spirit Combining refinement and the spirit of the seventies

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