Zwei badende Mädchen. 1939/40. Color Metal embossing print. Helliesen/Sørense 547. Signed and inscribed "Selbstdruck". Copy aside from the at least 3 copies mentioned in the catalog rasionné, the inidividual sheets differ from one another. On firm wove paper by Van Gelder Zonen (with watermark). 43 x 59.5 cm (16.9 x 23.4 in). Sheet: 50 x 65 cm (19,7 x 25,1 in). Sheet 16 from the series "Badeszenen".
PROVENANCE: Private collection Southern Germany (acquired directly from the artist).
The series "Badeszenen" was never shown as a complete series, presumably becasue the artist never considered it completed. Bathing scenes appeared in his oeuvre for the first time in 1935. Nesch's letters to the Nesch collector Dr. Reinhard des Arts from Hamburg deliver proof of the series' origing in autumn 1939 and the following spring. [JA/EH]