Galerie

Georg Nothelfer

Fred Thieler

Mit rotem Zentrum (With red centre)
1986, Mixed Media/Canvas, 180 x 220 cm
Mit rotem Zentrum (With red centre),
1986, Mixed Media/Canvas, 180 x 220 cm
0215-FredThieler-0065-600dpi
For pilots only
1964, Mixed Media/Collage/Canvas, 185 x 310 cm
For pilots only,
1964, Mixed Media/Collage/Canvas, 185 x 310 cm
Thieler_For pilots only_1964_MTCollLW_185x310cm_3
BGr.-61
1961, Oil/Canvas, 65 x 100 cm. WV 6/40
BGr.-61,
1961, Oil/Canvas, 65 x 100 cm. WV 6/40
Thieler_BGr.61_1961_OelLW_65 x 100 cm
Untitled
1962, gouache/paper, 50 x 69,5 cm
Untitled,
1962, gouache/paper, 50 x 69,5 cm
Thieler_OT_1962_GouachePap_50x69,5cm
Untitled (Scraper Painting)
1955, Oil/Canvas, 100 x 65 cm
Untitled (Scraper Painting),
1955, Oil/Canvas, 100 x 65 cm
Basel_Thieler_oT (Spachtelbild)_1955_OelLw_100x65cm
Untitled
1956, Oil/Paper/Canvas, 67,5 x 95,5 cm
Untitled,
1956, Oil/Paper/Canvas, 67,5 x 95,5 cm
Fred Thieler, O.T., 1956, Oil-paper-canvas, 67,5 x 95,5 cm_2
NLX U6-07 III/76
1976,  Gouache/Paper, 75 x 63 cm
NLX U6-07 III/76,
1976,  Gouache/Paper, 75 x 63 cm
Nothelfer_Repro-4684
Wa-Fa/71
1971, Mixed Media/Canvas, 200 x 200 cm
Wa-Fa/71,
1971, Mixed Media/Canvas, 200 x 200 cm
Thieler_WaFA71
BI-8/79
1979, mixed media/paper, 100 x 70 cm
BI-8/79,
1979, mixed media/paper, 100 x 70 cm
Thieler_BI_8_79_1979_MTPap_100x70cm
P.CO.II
1970, Collage/Paper, 94,6 x 67,8 cm
P.CO.II,
1970, Collage/Paper, 94,6 x 67,8 cm
Thieler_POII_1970
Growing Dark
1978/79, Mixed Media/Canvas, 230 x 145 cm
Growing Dark,
1978/79, Mixed Media/Canvas, 230 x 145 cm
thieler-Dunkel-Wachsend_art Basel
Traces in the Red H.B. I/79
1979, Mixed Media/Canvas, 250 x 230 cm
Traces in the Red H.B. I/79,
1979, Mixed Media/Canvas, 250 x 230 cm
Thieler_spuren im Rot
Untitled
1961, Gouache/Paper, 49,5 x 69,5 cm
Untitled,
1961, Gouache/Paper, 49,5 x 69,5 cm
o.T., 1961, Gouache, 49,5 x 69,5 cm
Untitled
1950´s, Oil/Cardboard, 49,7 x 63 cm
Untitled,
1950´s, Oil/Cardboard, 49,7 x 63 cm
OT 50er OelKarton
Untitled
1995, Gouache/Paper, 106 x 75 cm
Untitled,
1995, Gouache/Paper, 106 x 75 cm
oT Gouache 1995_106 x 75 cm
s.w.-7.I.57
1957, Oil/wax crayon/paper, 67.5 x 95.5 cm
s.w.-7.I.57,
1957, Oil/wax crayon/paper, 67.5 x 95.5 cm
Thieler_sw-7I57_1957_OelWachsLackPap_67,5x95,5 cm

Biography

Born 1916 in Königsberg
1937 began studying medicine at the Albertina Königsberg. Labour and military service
1941-1943 Banned from studying because of his Jewish origins. Attends the private painting school Hein König in Munich
1946-1950 Studies painting at the Academy of Fine Arts in Munich with Carl Caspar
1951-1953 Stays in Paris, the "Atelier 17" becomes his place of work. Meets Hans Hartung, Serge Poliakoff and Pierre Soulages.
1953 Moves to Munich. Member of the "Neue Gruppe", Munich
1952 Member of the group "ZEN 49
1954 Member of the German Artists' Association, Berlin
1955 Contact with Will Grohmann, Carl Linfert and Werner Haftmann
1957 Meets Manfred de la Motte
1958 Participation in the 29th Venice Biennale
1959 and 1964 Participation in documenta 2 and 3, Kassel
1959-1981 Professor at the Hochschule der Künste, Berlin
1959 Moved to Berlin
1972-1973 Visiting professor at the College of Art and Design, Minneapolis, Minnesota
1976-1983 Representative of the Federal Republic of Germany in the International Association of Art (IAA)
1977 First solo exhibition at the Galerie Georg Nothelfer
1978 Member of the Academy of Arts, Berlin and the New Darmstadt Secession, Darmstadt 
1979 Elected Vice-President of the International Association of Art (IAA)
1980-1983 Vice-President of the Academy of Arts, Berlin. Journey through Burgundy with Manfred de la Motte
1981-1983 Member of the jury of the "Stiftung Kunstfonds zur Förderung der zeitgenössischen bildenden Kunst", Bonn
1983 Elected Honorary President of the International Association of Art
1985 Lovis Corinth Prize, Regensburg
1989-1991 Work on the ceiling painting "Night Sky" for the Residenztheater, Munich executed with the help of Matthias Hollefreund
1991 Foundation of the "Fred Thieler Prize for Painting" an art prize for younger artists
Since 1992, the Berlinische Galerie has awarded the Fred Thieler Prize for Painting, endowed with 10,000 euros, every year on 17 March, the artist's birthday. Since 2007, the prize has been awarded biennially
Died in 1999 in Berlin

Fred Thieler is an important representative of German Informel. Essential for an understanding of Thieler's work and his artistic development is "his striving both for creative freedom and for a free and open reception of his painting by the viewer. For Thieler, painting is liberation from constraint as well as an expression of freedom and assertion of his own position. Under this premise, he also rejects an unambiguous interpretation of the picture and negates any intention of wanting to exert an influence on the viewer." (Eva Müller-Remmert, curator). It is against this background - after the early, still representational works of the 1940s - that Fred Thieler's rapid turn towards abstract, gestural-dynamic painting, which irrevocably took place in the course of the 1950s, must be seen, and which not least represented a liberation from the restrictions experienced in the Third Reich. In 2014, retrospectives will be held at the Museum Gunzenhauser, Chemnitz Collections, and the MKM Museum Küppersmühle Moderne Kunst, Duisburg.

Exhibitions

Editions

  • O.T./Untitled, 1993, Serigraphy, signed and dated by the artist, 110 x 77 cm, Copies: 60

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  • O.T./Untitled, 1988, Colour etching, signed and dated by the artist, 93 x 70 cm, Copies: 90

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  • O.T./Untitled, 1977, Serigraphy, signed by the artist, 100 x 69,5 cm, Copies: 30

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Publications

  • Fred Thieler zum 80. Geburtstag, 1996, Edited by Manfred de la Motte/Georg Nothelfer. Texts by K.O. Götz, Georg W. Kötzsch, Jörn Merkert, Manfred de la Motte, Heinz Ohff, Lothar Romain, Heiner Stachelhaus and others , german, 156 pages, 101 images. Edition Galerie Georg Nothelfer, Book series Pentagramm, vol. 6, ISBN 3-930797-01-1, EUR 15

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  • Monographie und Werkverzeichnis, Bilder von 1942-1993, 1995, Monograph and catalogue raisonné, pictures from 1942-1993, edited by Andrea Firmenich/Jörn Merkert, texts by Andrea Firmenich, Jörn Merkert, Manfred de la Motte, Sigrid Melchior, Dieter Honisch, German, 124 colour illustrations, 950 b/w illustrations, 472 pages, Edition Wienand Verlag Cologne, EUR 190

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  • Dialog mit der Farbe, 1991, Catalogue on the occasion of the exhibitions in the Kunsthalle in Emden, Henri Nannen Foundation, 3 November 1991 - 2 February 1992 ; Daniel-Pöppelmann-Haus, Municipal Museum Herford, 7 March - 26 April 1992 ; Municipal Collections Schweinfurt, 8 May - 21 June 1992, 1992, Texts by Andrea Firmenich, Henri Nannen, Manfred De la Motte a.o., 142 pages, numerous illustrations, EUR 50

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