Wolfgang Paalen

Another great painting from the Guggenheim reinstallation is Wolfgang Paalen's Fumage.  Paalen's smoke paintings were made by passing a lit candle over the canvas essentially embedding the smoke into the surface of the canvas creating an ephemeral an image.  Paalen was associated with the Surrealists and the fumage paintings were an attempt to translate the automatic writing into painting.

Wolfgang Paalen, Fumage, Oil and fumage on canvas 1945

detail: Paalen, Fumage


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