Figure with Animal Mask by Horst Antes was created 1964. The painting is in Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen. The size of the work is 120,4 x 76,6 cm and made as an oil on canvas.
Although abstraction was the dominant tendency in the 1950s, some artists employed a form of figuration, no matter how far removed from everyday reality, as in this painting by the German artist Horst Antes. We see a human figure with relatively normal hands but with a strange green block for a head, without clear features. But the animal mask has them: one eye and a mouth.
The Artist: Horst Antes was born in Heppenheim, Germany (1936). The predominant theme in the work of Horst Antes, who studied with HAP Grieshaber at the Karlsruhe Academy from 1957 to 1959, is the human figure. His early style was strongly determined by color, but after stays in Florence (1962) and Rome (1963), he reduced his palette and increased the dimensions of his closed-contoured figures until soon they dominated a pictorial space filled with textured fields of thinly applied paint… Read more