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David Schnell’s use of one point perspective forces his painted landscapes, figures, and floating objects directly into the viewer’s gaze. In "Der Läufer" (2000), an anonymous man rushes down the zigzag path, heading straight towards the audience without any indication of slowing down. Schnell’s use of one point perspective forces the entirety of the composition into the viewer’s gaze, engrossing them into the painting. Fantasy and reality are blurred as the viewer is left questioning where the landscape filled with floating objects and a faceless figure ends and where their actual environment begins.

Artwork measures 90.5 x 64.17 in. (229.9 x 163 cm). Please Note: the seller agrees to pay $500 toward shipping costs in the event of a sale.

Based out of Leipzig, Germany, David Schnell (b.1971) is part of a group of break-through German artists who aim to envelope their audience with a sometimes overwhelming sense of space through perspective, color, and illusion. Schnell studied painting at the Academy of Visual Arts Leipzig, Germany from (1995-2000). His work has been the subject of recent solo exhibitions at Galerie EIGEN + ART, Berlin, Germany (2012); the Museum zu Allerheiligen, Schaffhausen, Switzerland (2011); Gemeentemuseum, The Hague, Netherlands (2010); Museo de Arte de Ponce, Puerto Rico (2007); and Parasol Unit Foundation, London, UK (2006). He is currently represented by Galerie EIGEN + ART, Berlin.

Selected Public Collections:

MOCA - The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, CA
Rubell Family Collection
Denver Art Museum, CO
Essl Museum, Klosterneuburg, Austria
Neues Museum Weserburg Bremen, Bremen, Germany
Gemeentemuseum Den Haag, The Hague, Netherlands

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The seller has recorded the following condition for this lot:
Very minor areas of paint loss at the lowest border, near corners on the extreme edge. Please contact the lot specialist for more information.

Definition Key
Image The central image area, composition, or focal point; the area inside the margins/plate marks.
Margin Areas bordering the central image, outside the plate marks, or the perimeter area.
Edge The farthest edge of the object.
Verso The reverse/back of the object.

Minor An existing condition which generally does not involve risk of loss.
Moderate Noticeable damage, increasing in severity and/or size; should be monitored or corrected by a conservator.
Major Distinct, recognizable damage; the stability of the work is questionable and risk is a factor. Requires the attention of a conservator.
Extreme Advanced and severe damage; work is insecure and at great risk.

  • Galerie Kleindienst, Leipzig Private Collection, Switzerland artnet Auctions: Friday, December 20, 2011 [Lot 60580] Private Collection, Puerto Rico
  • Ships From: Puerto Rico
  • Shipping Dimensions: 90.5 x 64.17 in. (229.87 x 162.99 cm.)
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