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Interior III

Markus Lüpertz, German, born 1941
Distemper on canvas
Current Location
On View, Gallery 248
77 x 101 3/8 in. (195.6 x 257.5 cm)
framed: 79 1/2 x 104 1/8 x 2 3/4 in. (201.9 x 264.5 x 7 cm)
Credit Line
Friends Fund
© Markus Lüpertz / Courtesy Michael Werner Gallery, New York and Berlin
Object Number
"Interior III" depicts the artist’s studio with finished canvases in stacks. Markus Lüpertz represented the studio not as a place of active painting but as a symbol of the artist’s identity and relationship to art history. The most prominent canvas displayed presents an army coat and an oversized cap worn by an invisible occupant. For a German audience, such an image evokes memories of and questions about the army’s role in World War II (1939–1945) and the Holocaust. The empty shell of the uniform suggests the frightening anonymity of evil. Here, the artist confronts the viewer with the issue of collective responsibility while trying to define his own position in connection with the past.
Ackermeier Collection, Berlin, Germany

- 2003
Michael Werner Gallery, New York, NY, USA; Cologne, Germany

2003 -
Saint Louis Art Museum, purchased from Michael Werner Gallery [1]

The main source for the provenance is a letter from Michael Werner Gallery dated May 24, 2002 [SLAM document files].

[1] Minutes of the Collections Committee of the Board of Trustees, Saint Louis Art Museum, March 4, 2003; and the Minutes of the Board of Trustees, Saint Louis Art Museum, March 10, 2003.
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