Friedrich Vordemerge-Gildewart

La Boetie Gallery

One of the Constructivists represented in the Denise René exhibition is shown at La Boetie—Friedrich Vordemerge-Gildewart (1899–1963). Vordemberge was a German Constructivist painter who started his career as a cabinetmaker, and it is no joke to say that his pictures are as firm and smooth as good woodwork. The circle and the square are favorite motifs of this artist, who joined the group called Cercle et Carré in 1930, although in the major painting here, Constructed Red (1924), they were essential elements six years before. In its actual “construction” this work is remarkably close to the standing metal geometrical reliefs of Barbara Hepworth (both joined “Abstraction-Création” in Paris in 1932), but it is considerably earlier than those Hepworths which it most resembles. It is perhaps a demonstration of Constructivist idealism in the assembly of what are primarily conceptual patterns

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