Sale: 350 / Modern Art, June 19. 2009 in Munich Lot 238

 
Wilhelm Morgner - Männerporträt

238
Wilhelm Morgner
Männerporträt, 1912.
Oil on cardboard
Estimate:
€ 50,000 / $ 55,000
Sold:
€ 46,360 / $ 50.996

(incl. 22% surcharge)
Lot description
Lot: 238
Wilhelm Morgner
1891 Soest - 1917 Langemarck
Männerporträt. 1912.
Oil on cardboard.
Handwritten estate registry by Georg Tappert no. 187 (old no. 171). Monogrammed and dated lower right. With Georg Tappert's signature, date and inscription, as well as with the old and the new estate number and the measurements. 106 x 75 cm (41,7 x 29,5 in).

We are grateful to Walter Weihs, Wilhelm-Morgner-Archiv, Soest, for his help in cataloguing this lot. The work is recorded in the handwritten estate registry by Georg Tappert and the continuation by Weihs under the no. 187 with the title "Rotbärtiger Jude".

PROVENANCE: Private collection USA.

EXHIBITION: Selected Artist's Galleries, New York.
Galerie Flechtheim, Düsseldorf (with the label on verso).
Meisterwerke des deutschen Expressionismus, Galerie Stangl, Munich 1967 (with the label on verso).

Our painting dates from Morgner’s most productive phase. After a period in which he resorted to formal stylisation and works were shaped by linear or pointillist structuring, Morgner turned in 1912 to intensively exploring color. His palette was now essentially reduced to the three primary colors plus green. Our picture is based on the contrast between red and green, which, in the upper and lower picture zones, lead an existence of their own that is largely independent of the overall composition. The man’s head and beard each slant into those surfaces, disrupting them to make a maximum of dynamic impact. The memorable distinctiveness of form and palette definitely make this portrait one of Wilhelm Morgner’s best paintings. A progression towards abstraction is already suggested here and can be described as a consistent development. Within the few years allotted him, Morgner worked more intensively through the possibilities of artistic expression than any of his contemporaries, bequeathing a significant ½uvre that is exemplary for his era. [KD].

In good condition, colors still fresh. The margins minimally bumped or squeezed as well as rubbed. Corners with minor loss of the uppermost cardboard layer. One tiny hole in the upper image margin. The pastose parts partially with small color losses.

EUR: 50.000 - 70.000REGEL(7%)
US$: 68.200 - 95.480

238
Wilhelm Morgner
Männerporträt, 1912.
Oil on cardboard
Estimate:
€ 50,000 / $ 55,000
Sold:
€ 46,360 / $ 50.996

(incl. 22% surcharge)