Auction House

Auction: Evening Sale - Contemporary Art

27. November 2023, 7:00 pm

Object overview


Martha Jungwirth*

(Wien 1940)

oil on thin cardboard, on canvas; unframed
212 x 184 cm
signed and dated on the lower left: Martha Jungwirth 1986


directly from the artist;
since then private property, Vienna

Estimate: € 120.000 - 240.000
Result: € 215.180 (incl. fees)
Auction is closed.

This large-scale work by the Austrian artist Martha Jungwirth captivates at first glance with its powerful brushwork, bold expressiveness and nuanced use of colour. One fancies that one discerns something figurative, which then disappears into abstraction again at that very instant. The thin cardboard background allows fields of colour and lines to stand out in a three-dimensional way. Very dark brushstrokes are complemented by shades of grey and even white. Many different shades ranging from red to purple as well as blue lines can be discerned, with the oil paint applied partly in a thick impasto and partly in a translucent, glazed style.

At the time of creating this work, Martha Jungwirth was abandoning her concrete, reality-oriented painting style, in which everyday objects, landscapes or figurative elements were still clearly recognisable, and was developing further towards abstraction. These are gestural compositions in her own unique colour palette, which appear to float in the pictorial space.

(Clarissa Mayer-Heinisch)