Sale: 432 / Modern Art I, June 11. 2016 in Munich Lot 367

 
367
Karl Hofer
Studie eines Mädchenkopfes mit gesenktem Blick, Around 1930/1935.
Oil
Estimate:
€ 45,000 / $ 54,000
Sold:
€ 57,500 / $ 69.000

(incl. 25% surcharge)
Lot description
Studie eines Mädchenkopfes mit gesenktem Blick. Around 1930/1935.
Oil on hard fiber board.
Not in Wohlert (cf. W. 1107). Lower right monogrammed (in ligature) and scratched into the wet paint. 34.6 x 26.5 cm (13.6 x 10.4 in).

This work's authenticity has kindly been confirmed by the Karl Hofer Commitee on 30 March 2015. It is registered in the Karl Hofer Archive with the number N7.

PROVENANCE: Private collection.

Essay
Going far beyond the definition of a study, this work by Karl Hofer is typical of his portrait art from the 1930s. The slightly lowered head with the deep-set eyes evokes an aura of contemplation characteristic of the portraits from those days. The restrained coloring also makes its contribution to the contemplative overall expression. Even though the models resemble one another, Hofer succeeds in visualizing the individual fate of the depicted person in these portraits, at the same time elevating it to a universal state. Hofer's portraits from these days possess a striking expression that tells a lot about the artist's mental state at the beginning of an era that would become particularly difficult for him.
367
Karl Hofer
Studie eines Mädchenkopfes mit gesenktem Blick, Around 1930/1935.
Oil
Estimate:
€ 45,000 / $ 54,000
Sold:
€ 57,500 / $ 69.000

(incl. 25% surcharge)