Sale: 428 / Modern Art, Dec. 03./05. 2015 in Munich Lot 232

 

232
Otto Mueller
Zwei weibliche Akte in Landschaft, Um 1925.
Watercolor
Estimate:
€ 50,000 / $ 58,000
Sold:
€ 77,500 / $ 89.900

(incl. 25% surcharge)
Zwei weibliche Akte in Landschaft. Um 1925.
Watercolor over chalk and brush drawing.
Von Lüttichau 784. Signed lower center. On wove paper, laid on backing board. 68.5 x 52.4 cm (26.9 x 20.6 in), the full sheet. Backing board: 72 x 55 cm (28,4 x 21,6 in).

PROVENANCE: Galerie Neumann-Nierendorf, Berlin.
Private collection (acquired from previously mentioned in ca. 1930, since in family possession).

EXHIBITION: Der expressionistische Impuls. Meisterwerke aus Wuppertals großen Privatsammlungen. Von der Heydt-Museum, Wuppertal, 24 February - 18 May, 2008 (with color illu. on p. 231).

Influenced by his painter colleagues Ernst Ludwig Kirchner and Erich Heckel, who had discovered a new world of plein-air painting with their subjects of bathing nudes at the Moritzburg Lakes, Otto Mueller interpretes their ideas in a new and by then unknown manner. While Kirchner and Heckel visualized lustful and animalistic aspects, Mueller adds a closeness to nature to his bathing nudes that is far more dominant than it is the case with Kirchner and Heckel. Otto Mueller's nudes rest therein as if they were a natural part of it. Mueller does not follow his friends' rich coloring. His works, characterized by a graphic duct, are stimulated by colors that gain expression from a balance of contrasts. Mueller sees man and nature as a whole and visualizes this perception by means of a choice of simple forms. This finds particular expression in his watercolors, whic occupy a special position in his oeuvre.



232
Otto Mueller
Zwei weibliche Akte in Landschaft, Um 1925.
Watercolor
Estimate:
€ 50,000 / $ 58,000
Sold:
€ 77,500 / $ 89.900

(incl. 25% surcharge)