As of May 15, 2024

Ernst Ludwig Kirchner

Lot 431
Rapperswil, 1933
Woodcut in colors

19.7 x 13.9 in (50.0 x 35.2 cm)

Lot 431
Rapperswil, 1933
Woodcut in colors
19.7 x 13.9 in (50.0 x 35.2 cm)

Estimate:
€ 40,000 - 60,000
Auction: 21 days

Ketterer Kunst GmbH & Co KG

City: Munich
Auction: Jun 08, 2024
Auction number: 554
Auction name: Modern Art Day Sale

Lot Details
Woodcut in colors. Signed and inscribed "Eigendruck".Inscribed "KFH 45" on the reverse. One of just three known copies of this color woodcut and one of just known copies from this printing state. On Japon. 50 x 35.2 cm. Sheet: 57,8 x 42,5 cm.
[CH].
- Hand-printed by the artist in three colors. - One of only three known copies of this color woodcut. - The color woodcuts from the Swiss period are among the artist's most sought-after prints. - Particularly rich colors. - Expressive, clear and modern composition in which Kirchner combines perspective and depth effect, chromaticity and contrasts, geometric-abstract elements and figuration, as well as blank areas and graphic elements.
LITERATURE: Annemarie and Wolf-Dieter Dube, E. L. Kirchner. Das graphische Werk, Munich 1967, no. H 641. Günther Gercken, Ernst Ludwig Kirchner. Kritisches Werkverzeichnis der Druckgraphik, vol. 6 (1925-1937), Bern 2021, no. 1712 II (of II, illu.). Hermann Gerlinger, Katja Schneider (eds.), Die Maler der Brücke. Inventory catalog Hermann Gerlinger Collection, Halle (Saale) 2005, p. 363, SHG no. 807 (illu.).
Schleswig-Holsteinisches Landesmuseum, Schloss Gottorf, Schleswig (permanent loan from the Hermann Gerlinger Collection, 1995-2001). Kunstmuseum Moritzburg, Halle an der Saale (permanent loan from the Hermann Gerlinger Collection, 2001-2017). Buchheim Museum, Bernried (permanent loan from the Hermann Gerlinger Collection, 2017-2022)
Artist's estate (Davos 1938, Kunstmuseum Basel 1946). Christian Anton Laely Collection, Davos/Paris (from the estate of E. L. Kirchner into the fictitious "Collection Mrs and Mr Dr. Gervais, Zürich" in 1946, with the hand-written inventory number "KFH 45") on the reverse. Hermann Gerlinger Collection, Würzburg (with the collector's stamp Lugt 6032)
In their graphic works, Kirchner and the "Brücke" artists realized their new conception of art at the beginning of the 20th century and breathed new life into the then unpopular medium of printmaking: they elevated the technique, which had almost degenerated into a reproduction technique over the course of the 19th century, to a new artistic level. Throughout his life, printmaking continued to occupy a special place in Kirchner's artistic oeuvre and even after his move to Davos, Kirchner devoted himself to this technique, in particular to woodcuts. For example, his famous portraits of Davos farmers and people from his immediate surroundings, created around 1917/18, are regarded as outstanding examples of expressionist graphic art and as highlights in Kirchner's artistic oeuvre today. A few years later, in the winter of 1933/34, he created some of his most outstanding color woodcuts, including the work offered here. Kirchner regularly traveled to nearby Basel. In the spring of 1933 alone, the artist visited an exhibition of works by Henri Rousseau in March and an exhibition on Georges Braque in April, both of which he reported about in his letters. On his way to Basel, Kirchner may have passed by Rapperswil on Lake Zurich, where he seems to have visited the harbor. Expressively and with masterful technique, Kirchner later rendered what he had seen in the polychrome woodcut. It was in this technique that Kirchner achieved groundbreaking things at this time. Instead of printing the black areas last - as was common practice - Kirchner printed the black area first and only then the blue and rosé, resulting in a visible overlapping of the color layers. The result is a particularly expressive, clear and modern composition in which Kirchner combined perspective and depth, color and contrasts, play of light and shadow, geometric-abstract elements and figuration, as well as free surfaces and graphic elements into an exciting whole. To date, only three copies of this color woodcut are known. [CH]
In good condition. Upper right corner with tiny paper loss. Margin with isolated traces of color from the printing, as well as with a few handling creases, crimped spots, finger marks and isolated brownish spots. Minimally irregularly browned. Upper edge verso with paper thinning in places due to mounting, partly slightly showing through to recto. [JS]
Lot Details
Woodcut in colors. Signed and inscribed "Eigendruck".Inscribed "KFH 45" on the reverse. One of just three known copies of this color woodcut and one of just known copies from this printing state. On Japon. 50 x 35.2 cm. Sheet: 57,8 x 42,5 cm.
[CH].
- Hand-printed by the artist in three colors. - One of only three known copies of this color woodcut. - The color woodcuts from the Swiss period are among the artist's most sought-after prints. - Particularly rich colors. - Expressive, clear and modern composition in which Kirchner combines perspective and depth effect, chromaticity and contrasts, geometric-abstract elements and figuration, as well as blank areas and graphic elements.
LITERATURE: Annemarie and Wolf-Dieter Dube, E. L. Kirchner. Das graphische Werk, Munich 1967, no. H 641. Günther Gercken, Ernst Ludwig Kirchner. Kritisches Werkverzeichnis der Druckgraphik, vol. 6 (1925-1937), Bern 2021, no. 1712 II (of II, illu.). Hermann Gerlinger, Katja Schneider (eds.), Die Maler der Brücke. Inventory catalog Hermann Gerlinger Collection, Halle (Saale) 2005, p. 363, SHG no. 807 (illu.).
Schleswig-Holsteinisches Landesmuseum, Schloss Gottorf, Schleswig (permanent loan from the Hermann Gerlinger Collection, 1995-2001). Kunstmuseum Moritzburg, Halle an der Saale (permanent loan from the Hermann Gerlinger Collection, 2001-2017). Buchheim Museum, Bernried (permanent loan from the Hermann Gerlinger Collection, 2017-2022)
Artist's estate (Davos 1938, Kunstmuseum Basel 1946). Christian Anton Laely Collection, Davos/Paris (from the estate of E. L. Kirchner into the fictitious "Collection Mrs and Mr Dr. Gervais, Zürich" in 1946, with the hand-written inventory number "KFH 45") on the reverse. Hermann Gerlinger Collection, Würzburg (with the collector's stamp Lugt 6032)
In their graphic works, Kirchner and the "Brücke" artists realized their new conception of art at the beginning of the 20th century and breathed new life into the then unpopular medium of printmaking: they elevated the technique, which had almost degenerated into a reproduction technique over the course of the 19th century, to a new artistic level. Throughout his life, printmaking continued to occupy a special place in Kirchner's artistic oeuvre and even after his move to Davos, Kirchner devoted himself to this technique, in particular to woodcuts. For example, his famous portraits of Davos farmers and people from his immediate surroundings, created around 1917/18, are regarded as outstanding examples of expressionist graphic art and as highlights in Kirchner's artistic oeuvre today. A few years later, in the winter of 1933/34, he created some of his most outstanding color woodcuts, including the work offered here. Kirchner regularly traveled to nearby Basel. In the spring of 1933 alone, the artist visited an exhibition of works by Henri Rousseau in March and an exhibition on Georges Braque in April, both of which he reported about in his letters. On his way to Basel, Kirchner may have passed by Rapperswil on Lake Zurich, where he seems to have visited the harbor. Expressively and with masterful technique, Kirchner later rendered what he had seen in the polychrome woodcut. It was in this technique that Kirchner achieved groundbreaking things at this time. Instead of printing the black areas last - as was common practice - Kirchner printed the black area first and only then the blue and rosé, resulting in a visible overlapping of the color layers. The result is a particularly expressive, clear and modern composition in which Kirchner combined perspective and depth, color and contrasts, play of light and shadow, geometric-abstract elements and figuration, as well as free surfaces and graphic elements into an exciting whole. To date, only three copies of this color woodcut are known. [CH]
In good condition. Upper right corner with tiny paper loss. Margin with isolated traces of color from the printing, as well as with a few handling creases, crimped spots, finger marks and isolated brownish spots. Minimally irregularly browned. Upper edge verso with paper thinning in places due to mounting, partly slightly showing through to recto. [JS]

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