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Identification and Creation
Object Number
Carl Buchheister, German (Hanover, Germany 1890 - 1964 Hanover, Germany)
Composition AP 5
Work Type
Creation Place: Europe, Germany
Persistent Link
Physical Descriptions
Casein and PVA paint with putty on pulp board
70 x 50 cm (27 9/16 x 19 11/16 in.)
Inscriptions and Marks
  • Signed: on verso in black ink at l.c.: Carl Buchheister
  • inscription: on verso, at l.c., black ink, German, in artist's hand: Carl Buchheister / Buchholz - Weidetor Str. 49 / Komposition AP5/1955
  • inscription: on verso, at u.c., black ink, German, in artist's hand: Oben
State, Edition, Standard Reference Number
Standard Reference Number
Kemp 1995/4
Acquisition and Rights
Credit Line
Harvard Art Museums/Busch-Reisinger Museum, Gift of the Estate of Mrs. Elisabeth Buchheister through the German Art Dealers Association
Accession Year
Object Number
Modern and Contemporary Art
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torn hole at u.c.
Publication History

Willi Kemp, ed., Carl Buchheister. Werkverzeichnis der abstrakten Arbeiten, Verlag der Buchhandlung Walther König (Cologne, Germany, 1998), p. 372, cat. no. 1955/4, col. ill.

Erika Gemar Költzsch, German Marks: Postwar Drawings and Prints Donated to the Busch-Reisinger Museum through the German Art Dealers Association, Harvard University Art Museums (Cambridge, MA, 1998), pp. 24, 102-103, cat. no. 57, ill. (color & b/w)

Liz Sorokin, "The Technical Examination of Two Works on Paper by Carl Buchheister in the Collection of the Busch-Reisinger Museum, Harvard Art Museums" (2016), pp 1-100 passim

Lynette Roth, Inventur—Art in Germany, 1943–55, exh. cat., Harvard Art Museums (Cambridge, MA, 2018), pp. 327-328, 330, cat. no. 44.3, ill. (color)

Exhibition History

Informel 1, Galerie Klang, 02/01/1975 - 02/01/1975

Carl Buchheister. Bilder und Zeichnungen aus den 50er und 60er Jahren, Galerie Wintersberger, 05/03/1984 - 06/13/1984

Carl Buchheister., Galerie Schmela, 03/01/1991 - 04/13/1991

Auf Papier... Deutsche Moderne von Ackermann bis Winter, Galerie Neher, 01/25/1992 - 03/07/1992; Staatliches Museum Schwerin, 03/20/1992 - 05/10/1992

Inventur—Art in Germany, 1943–55, Harvard Art Museums, Cambridge, 02/09/2018 - 06/03/2018

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