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In Blazing Colors (In flammenden Farben)

In the 1920s, Nay studied at the Berlin art academy and in Paris. In 1937 two of his paintings were included in the Nazi-organized Degenerate Art exhibition in Munich and his work was purged from German museums. In the years immediately following World War II, Nay’s work contained references to classical mythology and Christianity. By the early 1950s, however, he was experimenting with a more non-objective form of abstraction. This painting belongs to a series known as the Disc Pictures, which are characterized by circular forms painted in a gestural manner.

Ernst Wilhelm Nay
German, 1902‒1968
In Blazing Colors (In flammenden Farben)
1955
Oil on canvas
49 3/8 x 78 7/8 in. (125.4 x 200.3 cm)
Sidney and Lois Eskenazi Museum of Art, Gift of James and Marvelle Adams in honor of William Lowe Bryan, 56.1

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