As of May 15, 2024

Ernst Ludwig Kirchner

Lot 20
Kabarett-Tänzerin, 1908
Pastel

16.9 x 13.6 in (43.0 x 34.5 cm)

Lot 20
Kabarett-Tänzerin, 1908
Pastel
16.9 x 13.6 in (43.0 x 34.5 cm)

Estimate:
€ 180,000 - 240,000
Auction: 20 days

Ketterer Kunst GmbH & Co KG

City: Munich
Auction: Jun 07, 2024
Auction number: 550
Auction name: Evening Sale

Lot Details
Pastel chalks. With the estate stamp of the Kunstmuseum Basel (Lugt 1570 b) and the handwritten number “FL Dre / Be 27” on the reverse. On creme cardboard. 43 x 34.5 cm. , nearly the full sheet.
- Particularly colorful and elaborate pastel from the Dresden “Brücke” period, in which Kirchner stages the dancer's gyre with incomparable mastery. - Made right before the iconic painting "Varieté" (c. 1909/10-1926) at the Städel Museum in Frankfurt am Main. - The interest in dance and movement that he developed in Dresden would ultimately shape Kirchner's entire artistic oeuvre, the painting “Tanz im Varieté” from 1911 in this auction is a prime example thereof. - An expression of the cultural and social upheaval of the time, the exuberant joie de vivre and newly won freedoms after the turn of the century. - Two related drawings are at the Sprengel Museum Hanover and the Staatsgalerie Stuttgart.
This work is documented in the Ernst Ludwig Kirchner Archive, Wichtrach/Bern.
LITERATURE: Lothar-Günther Buchheim, Die Künstlergemeinschaft Brücke, Feldafing 1956 (illu., no. 195). Stuttgarter Kunstkabinett Roman Norbert Ketterer, Stuttgart, 24th auction, May 29, 1956, p. 58, lot 515 (illu. in b/w, plate 30, erroneously dated “circa 1906”). Christie's, London, Impressionist & Modern Watercolors & Drawings, Dec. 3, 1985, lot 448 (illu. in color). Galerie Rosenbach, catalog 31/33, Hanover 1986, cat. no. 46/82 (illu.). Galerie Gunzenhauser, catalog 10/11, Munich 1987/1988 (illu.). Lucius Grisebach, E. L. Kirchner 1880-1938, Cologne 1995 (illu.). Kim Hyang-Sook, Die Frauendarstellungen im Werk von E. L. Kirchner. Verborgene Selbstbekenntnisse des Malers, Marburg 2002 (illu., no. 9).
Ernst Ludwig Kirchner, Kunsthalle Nürnberg, June 20 - September 29, 1991, cat. no. 9 (illu.) Lebenslust und Totentanz. Olbricht Collection, Kunsthalle Krems, July 18 - November 7, 2010, pp. 131 and 185 (full-page illu.) Kirchner - Richter - Burgert, me collectors room, Berlin, September 11 - November 3, 2019
From the artist's estate (Davos 1938, Kunstmuseum Basel 1946, with the estate stamp on the reverse). Stuttgarter Kunstkabinett Roman Norbert Ketterer, Stuttgart (1954). Galerie Rosenbach, Hanover (1986). Olbricht Collection, Essen/Berlin (acquired in 2003)
Around 1909, amid the Dresden “Brücke” years, Kirchner's fascination with dance found its way into his oeuvre in the form of drawings, prints, and paintings of dancers, in which he explored the world of the cabaret, dance, and movement, creating significant motifs up into his late period in the 1930s. Kirchner made his first sketches of performances on visits to dance cafés and nightclubs such as 'Central Theater' or 'Victoria Salon'. In his studio, the artist developed the sketches into elaborate compositions that were no less dynamic and animated. The pastel offered here captivates us with the realism of the almost immaterial play of lines, hatching, and colors. Kirchner sees the dancer's body in a fading climax of movement: a pause between the rise and fall of tension, that brief moment in which the dance movement comes to completion. The dancer pauses for just a small, imperceptible moment and seems to float on the stage, as if time stood still. Dance in general, but erotic dance in particular fascinated Kirchner. Physical vitality reveals itself to the observer in an unadulterated way. In the fast-paced movement, the dancer's skirt is lifted, showing her ruffled underwear. The stage is meticulously outlined with just a few sketched props. Kirchner united the dance performance in a fervent rhythm of colors, giving viewers a feeling of being part of the exciting evening with elegant dance and throbbing music. Kirchner not only paid homage to dance performances with this grainy, brittle pastel and color chalk drawing, but he made further drawings of this dancer in a similar, rapid style, elaborating the dancer's demanding choreographic poses on paper. Finally, the experience sketched on site can also be found in the grand painting “Varieté (English Dancing Couple)” (c. 1909/10-1926, Städel Museum, Frankfurt am Main), in which the dancer is elegantly led across the stage by her partner. [MvL/CH]
Condition report on request katalogisierung@kettererkunst.de
Lot Details
Pastel chalks. With the estate stamp of the Kunstmuseum Basel (Lugt 1570 b) and the handwritten number “FL Dre / Be 27” on the reverse. On creme cardboard. 43 x 34.5 cm. , nearly the full sheet.
- Particularly colorful and elaborate pastel from the Dresden “Brücke” period, in which Kirchner stages the dancer's gyre with incomparable mastery. - Made right before the iconic painting "Varieté" (c. 1909/10-1926) at the Städel Museum in Frankfurt am Main. - The interest in dance and movement that he developed in Dresden would ultimately shape Kirchner's entire artistic oeuvre, the painting “Tanz im Varieté” from 1911 in this auction is a prime example thereof. - An expression of the cultural and social upheaval of the time, the exuberant joie de vivre and newly won freedoms after the turn of the century. - Two related drawings are at the Sprengel Museum Hanover and the Staatsgalerie Stuttgart.
This work is documented in the Ernst Ludwig Kirchner Archive, Wichtrach/Bern.
LITERATURE: Lothar-Günther Buchheim, Die Künstlergemeinschaft Brücke, Feldafing 1956 (illu., no. 195). Stuttgarter Kunstkabinett Roman Norbert Ketterer, Stuttgart, 24th auction, May 29, 1956, p. 58, lot 515 (illu. in b/w, plate 30, erroneously dated “circa 1906”). Christie's, London, Impressionist & Modern Watercolors & Drawings, Dec. 3, 1985, lot 448 (illu. in color). Galerie Rosenbach, catalog 31/33, Hanover 1986, cat. no. 46/82 (illu.). Galerie Gunzenhauser, catalog 10/11, Munich 1987/1988 (illu.). Lucius Grisebach, E. L. Kirchner 1880-1938, Cologne 1995 (illu.). Kim Hyang-Sook, Die Frauendarstellungen im Werk von E. L. Kirchner. Verborgene Selbstbekenntnisse des Malers, Marburg 2002 (illu., no. 9).
Ernst Ludwig Kirchner, Kunsthalle Nürnberg, June 20 - September 29, 1991, cat. no. 9 (illu.) Lebenslust und Totentanz. Olbricht Collection, Kunsthalle Krems, July 18 - November 7, 2010, pp. 131 and 185 (full-page illu.) Kirchner - Richter - Burgert, me collectors room, Berlin, September 11 - November 3, 2019
From the artist's estate (Davos 1938, Kunstmuseum Basel 1946, with the estate stamp on the reverse). Stuttgarter Kunstkabinett Roman Norbert Ketterer, Stuttgart (1954). Galerie Rosenbach, Hanover (1986). Olbricht Collection, Essen/Berlin (acquired in 2003)
Around 1909, amid the Dresden “Brücke” years, Kirchner's fascination with dance found its way into his oeuvre in the form of drawings, prints, and paintings of dancers, in which he explored the world of the cabaret, dance, and movement, creating significant motifs up into his late period in the 1930s. Kirchner made his first sketches of performances on visits to dance cafés and nightclubs such as 'Central Theater' or 'Victoria Salon'. In his studio, the artist developed the sketches into elaborate compositions that were no less dynamic and animated. The pastel offered here captivates us with the realism of the almost immaterial play of lines, hatching, and colors. Kirchner sees the dancer's body in a fading climax of movement: a pause between the rise and fall of tension, that brief moment in which the dance movement comes to completion. The dancer pauses for just a small, imperceptible moment and seems to float on the stage, as if time stood still. Dance in general, but erotic dance in particular fascinated Kirchner. Physical vitality reveals itself to the observer in an unadulterated way. In the fast-paced movement, the dancer's skirt is lifted, showing her ruffled underwear. The stage is meticulously outlined with just a few sketched props. Kirchner united the dance performance in a fervent rhythm of colors, giving viewers a feeling of being part of the exciting evening with elegant dance and throbbing music. Kirchner not only paid homage to dance performances with this grainy, brittle pastel and color chalk drawing, but he made further drawings of this dancer in a similar, rapid style, elaborating the dancer's demanding choreographic poses on paper. Finally, the experience sketched on site can also be found in the grand painting “Varieté (English Dancing Couple)” (c. 1909/10-1926, Städel Museum, Frankfurt am Main), in which the dancer is elegantly led across the stage by her partner. [MvL/CH]
Condition report on request katalogisierung@kettererkunst.de

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