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Balls #16

Oskar Fischinger, American (born Germany), (June 22, 1900–January 31, 1967)

Creation date: 1964
Creation place: United States

Other Information

Type: Oil painting
Medium and Support: Oil on board
Credit Line: Museum purchase with funds provided anonymously
Accession Number: 2009.49
Dimensions: 30 in. x 24 in. (76.2 cm x 60.96 cm)
Currently on view


The Gallery at Lakewood, Ltd., ( - 4/13/09)

San Diego Museum of Art, (4/13/09 - )

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Oskar Fischinger is best known for his work as a filmmaker, and particularly for his pioneering films made in an abstract, non-figurative mode. As the Nazi regime overtook his native Germany, however, the censorship of Fischinger’s work and his own personal opposition to the regime led to his departure for the United States. He settled in Hollywood, where he attracted the attention of film director Orson Welles and worked on Walt Disney’s film Fantasia. Fischinger nonetheless continued to have difficulties in finding an audience for non-figurative films, and during the last two decades of his life devoted himself to painting, pursuing the types of abstraction he had previously employed in his films.

In Balls, #16 Fischinger depicts vivid circles that ellipse and meld with one another evoking a transcendental state. The composition reflects both his growing interest at the time in Eastern religions and his lifelong interest in music and pure abstraction. The forms which appear to float in space suggest motion and the passage of time.
Last Updated: 4/2/2015


This object was included in the following exhibitions:

Art of the United States from the San Diego Museum of Art The San Diego Museum of Art , 11/6/2010 - 2/9/2011

Experiments in Abstraction , 11/26/2011 - 2/19/2012

Modern Art: Selected Highlights San Diego Museum of Art , 10/20/2012 - 6/30/2013

Ortra vez Modern and Contemporary The San Diego Museum of Art , 3/30/2013 - 7/14/2013

American: Art of the 20th Century San Diego Museum of Art , 1/18/2014 - 8/26/2014

Art of the 20th Century , 3/28/2015 - 8/16/2015

The Art of Music San Diego Museum of Art , 9/26/2015 - 2/7/2016

Art of the 20th Century San Diego Museum of Art , 7/23/2016 - 00/00/00

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