Sale: 424 / Modern Art, June 11./13. 2015 in Munich Lot 231

 
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Dorothea Maetzel-Johannsen
Überredung, 1919.
Oil on burlap
Estimate:
€ 60,000 / $ 72,000
Sold:
€ 212,500 / $ 255.000

(incl. 25% surcharge)
Lot description
Überredung. 1919.
Oil on burlap.
Buchholz/von Zitzewitz 20. Hans/Buchholz-Maetzel 20. Monogrammed lower right. 94 x 74 cm (37 x 29.1 x 37 in).
Rear: Portrait Emil Maetzel, oil on burlap, 1910, (Buchholz/von Zitzewitz 6; Hans/Buchholz-Maetzel 6).
Expressive work from the artist's most important period of creation.
We are grateful to Jan Buchholz for his kind support in cataloging this lot.

PROVENANCE: From artist's estate (verso of stretcher with estate stamp and with hand-written tregistration number '20' and '/6').
Private collection Berlin.

EXHIBITION: Exhibition of 'Hamburger Künstlerschaft' and 'Hamburger Sezession'. Kunsthalle, Hamburg 1920.
Galerie Herold, Hamburg/Kampen, Sylt (with stamp on stretcher and with typographically inscribed label on frame).

LITERATURE: Zinnober, Kunstszene Hamburg 1919-1933, Szene Verlag Hamburg 1983 p. 223 with illu.
Jan Buchholz/Doris von Zitzewitz. Dorothea Maetzel-Johannsen, Leben und Werk, with catalog raisonné of oil paintings. Neumünster/Hamburg 2013, p. 44 with color illu. on p. 42.

Essay
Works made by the generation of artists active in the 1920s shows how great the impact of Expressionism on the times before World War I and on Post War Art was. The break caused by the First World War with all its traumatic aftermath led to an entirely new thinking in art. The couple Maetzel-Johannsen was wide open to these new ideas, especially Dorothea Matzel-Johannsen became quite independent in her art, as she was borne by the awareness of a continued tradition of anexpressionist statement in her paintings. Her choice of forms calls reminiscence of works by Erich Heckel and is interpreted in a very own composition, yet. Particulary in 'Überredung '(Persuasion) the uncertain relation between the two women is expressed by their entwined posture. The figures' mannered position hints at a certain ambiguous message, which is shown with restraint. Underlined by colors that clearly reference the early days of Expressionism before the war, this work counts among the most mature works in Dorothea Maetzel- Johannsen's oeuvre from the time right after the war.
231
Dorothea Maetzel-Johannsen
Überredung, 1919.
Oil on burlap
Estimate:
€ 60,000 / $ 72,000
Sold:
€ 212,500 / $ 255.000

(incl. 25% surcharge)
 


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