THE ART OF COLLECTING
No other art fair can celebrate the collecting experience quite like TEFAF. This year’s TEFAF Online edition will explore the theme of "The Art of Collecting" across 7,000 years of art history and through the perspectives of today’s most renowned exhibitors and collectors.
Exhibitors will display up to three artworks, which will tell a single story of historical, personal, or artistic significance. The fair will also feature TEFAF Collections, curated groupings of objects selected by some of the art world’s most illustrious minds.
We are proud to present two outstanding masterpieces by Konrad Klapheck and Emil Nolde, both of which embody the passion for collecting that has characterised our gallery's programme for almost 50 years.
and the gaze behind the obvious
At first glance, Konrad Klapheck's works seem to be classified in the art movement of realism, but the accuracy of his painting only pretends to be an exact reproduction of reality. Actually, Klapheck is concerned in his representation with an alienation of familiar objects. Contrary to his contemporary fellow artists, who after the Second World War turned to the guiding principle of creating something new and unsullied in gestural abstraction, he wants to give everyday things a new perception. Klapheck chooses motifs of man-made objects, which he renders in an exaggerated way by removing them from their context, a simplified but precise representation, and with the help of perspective.
Likewise, Emil Nolde deliberately does not call his painting "Three Figures", "Women", "In Conversation" or "Encounter", but "Homage". The mere observation of the figures will therefore not provide any information about who could be depicted. Nor is it the artist's goal to narratively reproduce an easily readable situation. Rather, the title "Homage" leads the viewer down a certain overarching path, and various interpretations seem possible. The word means: to be reverent or loyal to someone or something. The offered homage can be basically to a god, a lord (king), but also to a fellow human being. Dr. Christian Ring points out that the work could pay homage to Ada - Nolde's first wife - who had died in 1946, a year before the painting was created. This seems plausible, although the painting is very explicitly based on a watercolor from the period of the "Unpainted Pictures", which was already painted in the early 1940s. The motif probably existed long before Ada's death. However, the decision to transfer this motif from the small-format watercolor to the large canvas will not have been made independently of her death. Whatever scene or figures Emil Nolde chose to depict, the painter did not seek to reproduce natural events, but to create something with the power of art. Nolde never gave up his belief in the possibility of letting something essential shine through painting. Like so many expressionist painters, he tried to reproduce his feelings, his passion, his soul in art without the help of reason or any knowledge.
About the fair
Since 2013, our gallery has been a successful and regular participant of TEFAF, which was founded in 1988 as The European Fine Art Foundation (TEFAF) in Maastricht and has since been considered the world's leading fair for art, antiques and design.
For more than thirty years now, TEFAF Maastricht's primary goal has been to bring together and exhibit the world's most outstanding works of art. The commitment to excellence, the rigorous evaluation standards, and the incomparable collecting experience have remained constant to this day. No other art fair can claim to celebrate the experience of collecting like TEFAF.