Kniender Akt. 1916. Water-tempera. Presumably Vogt 16/ 2. Monogrammed and dated lower right. On wove paper, laid on thin wood veneer. 64.5 x 48.5 cm (25.3 x 19 in), the full sheet.
PROVENANCE: Galerie Nierendorf, Berlin. Private collection North Rhine-Westophalia. Ketterer Kunst, 197th auction, 6 June 1994, lot 273 with illu. Private collection Southern Germany.
LITERATURE: Kunstblätter der Galerie Nierendorf, catalog 17 September 1969, no. 12 with illu.
As of 1904 landscapes became less important in Rohlf's œuvre, while portraits, nudes and, as of 1907, figure compositions moved to the center of the painter's focus. Just as it is the case with his paintings, Rohlfs also preferred darker and restrained colors for his water-temperas. His figures are no longer dominated by physicality, instead the accent is on posture and gesture. In this case the focus is entirely on the posture, while the head becomes indistinct in front of the dark background. [SM]