Bernard Schultze (1915–2005) was a leading exponent of gestural abstract painting in Europe. In 1952 he founded the artists’ group Quadriga with Karl Otto Götz and others, ushering in Art Informel in Germany. Early in his career he adopted André Breton’s view that creative processes should be guided by the unconscious. He went on to develop an intensely personal visual vocabulary that revealed an engagement with a wide range of art historical phenomena and established him as a distinctive presence in painting and drawing. An important part in this was played by the Migofs, mysteriously proliferating colored forms resembling living creatures that sometimes populate his expressive, yet deeply associative images. In his later years, right up to his death, in April 2005, he consistently recorded chain reactions in the painting process to produce uniquely compelling works, often on a monumental scale. Schultze was

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