Watercolor and color pen drawing Heiderich 461. Vriesen 418.". Verso with estate stamp (Lugt 1775 b), there with number "231" as well as inscribed "Aquarell" by the same hand. With another inscription "Gartenhaus 1914 Buch 60". On delicate sketch paper (with perforated left edge). 16 x 9,2 cm (6,2 x 3,6 in), the full sheet
PROVENANCE: Ferdinand Möller, Berlin. Private collection, Mülheim/Ruhr.
The small watercolor made in spring 1914 at Hintergingen on Lake Thun, can definitely compete with the famous watercolors of the journey to Tunisia in terms of the colors‘ intensity. The rather swiftly captured garden study is a masterpiece in terms of the composition’s density and the mixed technique of watercolors and color chalk. August Macke’s extraordinary sense for colors helps him to create unmatched images in almost magical colors. By combining the two techniques, both merging to a harmonious effect, Macke‘s great talent becomes obvious in an ingenious manner. Even in small formats – the sheet itself is from a sketchbook - August Macke manages to capture the overall situation without losing himself in too many details. Using the watercolors’ transparency, he visualizes the light-filled blaze of colors of a garden in summer. [KD].