Modern and Contemporary Art
Sigmar Polke, German, 1941 - 2010
Gold, graphite, natural pigments, and synthetic resin on woven polyester
Currently not on view
1990-39-1Gift of the Friends of the Philadelphia Museum of Art, 1990
LabelIn the late 1980s German artist Sigmar Polke used his paintings to explore the nature of pigments, dyes, and chemicals. Through the application of many layers of resin and lacquer he created the mysterious, translucent surface of this painting. His interest in the idea of flux is reflected in its title; ginkgo is a Chinese tree whose fan-shaped leaves turn golden yellow in autumn.