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Lot 3424 - A203 PostWar & Contemporary - Thursday, 01. December 2022, 02.00 PM


(1933 Taichung 2011)
Painting Relief 13 September 1965. 1965.
Oil, aluminium and perspex on canvas.
Signed on the overlap: LIN. Also signed, dated, with measurements and directional arrows on the stretcher: LIN 13-SEPTEMBER-1965 50×60.
127 × 152.5 cm.

The Estate of Richard Lin Show Yu confirm that this work will be included in the forthcoming Catalogue Raisonné of the artist. We thank the artist’s Estate for their kind assistance.

- Marlborough Gallery, London (verso with the label).
- Purchased from the above by the previous owner, private collection Switzerland.
- By descent to the present owner, also private collection Switzerland.

London 1966, Richard Lin. Marlborough Fine Art Gallery, March-April 1966, p. 2, no. 18 (with b/w ill.).

“White is the most mundane of colors, and the greatest of all colors: it is the most colorless and the most colorful: it is the most noble color and the most common color: it is the most tranquil color, and the saddest color too ... white in and of itself is many colors: it can be thicker, thinner, heavier, lighter, transparent, semi-transparent ... which means that with white and white, you can construct many strange and wonderful relationships of shapes and shapes, or spaces and spaces.” Richard Lin

pei in 1985. Richard Lin left England in 1981 and lived in Taiwan again until his death in 1988.
Richard Lin became famous for his predominantly white "relief paintings". He painted several layers on top of one another, allowing each layer to dry before applying the next, so that the white, monochrome canvas nevertheless showed colour differences and edges. With the canvas prepared in this way, he would then apply his reliefs. In the present work from "13 September 1965", there are 2 vertical bars in the upper third of the canvas: on the left, an elongated piece of aluminium with a narrow black stripe painted on its right side; on the right, a white piece of Plexiglas, complemented on the right by a narrow strip of aluminium. They border a white square on the right, left and bottom, created by the multiple application of paint.

Lin skilfully plays with the viewer's perception. Both the canvas, which is not uniformly white, and the different materials of the reliefs unsettle us and cause us to check our assumptions about our visual experience. Looking at the work, we suppose that it is a monochrome white painting and also that the reliefs are identical — but neither is true; the individual reliefs are the same length, but differ in width, height and material. Recognising this is unsettling and challenges the viewer to check and adjust their preconceptions.
"Relief Painting 13 September 1965" is an outstanding example of Richard Lin's expert handling of the relationship between painting and architecture, and at the same time between Western and Eastern art traditions.

CHF 40 000 / 60 000 | (€ 41 240 / 61 860)

Sold for CHF 49 100 (including buyer’s premium)
All information is subject to change.