Per Kirkeby (b. Copenhagen 1938, d. s.p. 2018)

“Billedtavle II”, 1988. Signed, titled and dated on the reverse. Oil on canvas. 150×100 cm.

Literature: Ane Hejlskov Larsen: “Per Kirkeby. Malerier 1978–1989”, Aarhus 2015, cat. M 929, ill. p. 467. Registered in the Archives of Galerie Michael Werner as no. PK 489. Exhibited: “Per Kirkeby”, Mary Boone / Michael Werner Gallery, New York, USA, November - December 1988, ill. in the unpaginated catalogue. Provenance: Galerie Michael Werner, Cologne. Provenance: Mary Boone Gallery, New York. Provenance: Private collection, Denmark.

Modern Still Life Bound to the earth by dead things accumulation of ripped off fruit killed animals faded flowers blown out candles Bound to the earth by this branch and this is good for I cannot saw it off myself with my hands full of palettes and brushes

Long aerial roots from the burdened branch reach the earth and bury themselves only to shoot up farther away white slips in foreign spaces

Per Kirkeby, poem from "Den fortsatte tekst” (The Continued Text) (1982), also reproduced in the catalogue of the above-mentioned exhibition in New York (1988), where the painting was shown.

This lot is subject to Artist's Royalty.

Condition report on request.


Modern paintings & sculptures, 25 September 2018


350,000–400,000 DKK


Price realised

350,000 DKK