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By (artist) Wolfgang Paalen


"Having practiced resolutely non-figurative painting over several years, the young Austrian painter Wolfgang Paalen was won over by Surrealism around 1935... In 1938, he created a new "automatic" process know as "fumage" which consisted of letting the soot from the flame of a candle accumulate on paper or canvas, and afterwards interpreting the meaning of the deposits." Guy Habasque (Paris, Galerie de l'œil, Minotaure, 1962, s.p.)


- Minotaure, troisième série, n° 11, mai 1938, reproduction sans pagination
- Gustav Regler, Wolfgang Paalen, New York City, Nierendorf Editions, 1946, rep.p. 30
- José Pierre (préface de), Wolfgang Paalen (citations de Wolfgang Paalen), Paris, Filipacchi, 1980, rep.p. 16-17
- Andreas Neufert, Wolfgang Paalen. Im Inneren des Wals. Monografie - Schriften - Oeuvrekatalog, Wien, Springer-Verlag, 1999, rep.p. 301, n° 38.08


Creation date1938
Date of publication 1938
Physical description73 x 100 cm (28 3/4 x 39 3/8 in.) - Huile et fumage sur toile
From / ProvenanceDon de l'artiste
Breton Auction, 2003Lot 4031
CategoriesModern Paintings
ExhibitionsExposition Wolgang Paalen , Surrealistische Malerei in Europa , André Breton, La Beauté convulsive , La Révolution surréaliste, 2002 , Surrealismus 1914-1944
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