Mord-Maschine. 1921. Oil and collage on board. Lower right signed. Verso inscribed: "Mord-maschine 1921 entworfen: d. 31. Mai , d. 2. Juni 1921 gemalt: d. 3. 4. Juni C. Ehrhardt Brabg a/H (d.i.Brandenburg an der Havel)". 61.5 x 74.4 cm (24.2 x 29.2 in).
PROVENANCE: From the artist's estate. Galerie Hebecker, Weimar. Private collection, Rhineland.
EXHIBITION: International Art Exhibition in Düsseldorf, 1922. Kunstverein Hanover, 1922 (verso with label). Curt Ehrhardt. Gemäldegalerie Städtisches Museum Wiesbaden, 14 September - 3 November 1968.
LITERATURE: Peter Arlt. Des Lebens dunkle Tänze. Der Maler Curt Ehrhardt 1895 - 1972, Lauenförde 2002, p. 72 with color illu. on p. 76. "During a short furlough in 1916 I visited the traveling exhibition of the "Sturm" with pictures from Picasso, Kurt Schwitters, Franz Marc, Marc Chagall and Campendonk and became acquainted with Herwarth Walden, Dr. Blümler and the Sturm circle. This encounter gave the decisive impulse for my own artistic creation. I saw the picture I had in mind and which was worth becoming an artist." Curt Ehrhardt