An oil on board, produced 1959 by modern painter Joachim Probst (1913-1980), titled “Christ Doomed” otherwise “The Grey Ghost”, depicting the forlorn image of Christ in the Expressionist manner. Markings include the artist’s signature [Probst] to the bottom left corner, to the reverse [Probst/ 1959/ “Christ Doomed”/ “The Grey Ghost”(sic)]. Excellent vintage condition. The following is from an article in ‘Contemporary American Painting and Sculpture’, University of Illinois, 1959. I was born September 1, 1913, in New York City. Self-taught. Through my endeavour to seek self-esteem, I became a misanthrope with a firm hand on delusion. This brilliance soon introduced me into poverty, and with so fearful a future granted me, I coined and struck this phrase, ‘Art is the Stand against decay.’ And with this in mind, I entered my paradise of immortality. And with this paradise came my hell. And in hell I called on Satan. Joachim Probst is one of the few contemporary artists who have recklessly committed himself to deal with the ultimate symbols themselves; the Christ, the Mother, King David…and Ahab. These are some of the figures he dares to paint. “Christ painter, go away,” was the epithet hurled at Probst by some of the Greenwich Village habitués who paint. Our Cathedral church again pushes the lesser over and makes room for the Christ painter who uses the contemporary idiom that few others can handle with any but non-objective work. This artist with unique defining power comes among us. His Christ will cause many of us to tremble as we are confronted by Him. O noble Son of God?’ Consider my madness? I am a lunatic without an asylum? Even a cripple without a crutch? Surely the angels must weep for me.’ I feared, I trembled, and I painted. I stood in dark places (clothed in black) calling, ‘Wouldn’t that I could take a sure step in a sure direction.’ Alas, Satan spoke. ‘God thou shalt never know, guilt is thy name. Art thou shalt have, best be thy lot an instrument to uphold the faith, Art thou shalt have. Sing thee Christ forever. Will is woe, woe is thy will, change “me” to “I,” brevity is thy purity—Seek the pact, turn not from gloomy madness. Despair is thy mother.’”
Framed – H 41 in x W 37.75 in x D 2.5 in.
Sight – H 39.75 in x W 36.5 in.