Oil on canvas (2 parts, foldable)
274 x 152,5 cm (107 7/8 x 59 7/8 in) (unframed)
277,2 x 156,7 x 7 cm (109 1/8 x 61 3/8 x 2 3/4 in) (framed)
Almut Heise gained widespread acclaim with her large-format interior paintings during her student days at the art academy in Hamburg. Practically overnight, she decided to abandon this success-bringing subject and henceforth devote herself almost exclusively to portrait painting.
Early paintings such as Bar of 1970, on the other hand, are devoid of people. Stylistically, Bar stands out because it does not depict the furniture so typical of post-war German decor, with its cocktail chairs, small kidney tables, parade cushions, and bag lamps, which are characteristic of many paintings of interiors that Heise produced from the mid-1960s onward. What stands at its center is a 1920s black piano in front of red bamboo wallpaper with the neon inscription “Bar.” This painting was created during her DAAD scholarship from 1970 to 1971 at the Royal College of Art in London, where she studied with Peter Blake and was fascinated by the Art Deco style that was omnipresent at the time.