Sale: 459 / Modern Art I, Dec. 09. 2017 in Munich Lot 633

 

633
Otto Mueller
Zigeunermadonna (Zigeunerin mit Kind vor Wagenrad), 1926/27.
Lithograph in colors
Estimate:
€ 40,000 / $ 46,400
Sold:
€ 100,000 / $ 115.999

(incl. 25% surcharge)
Zigeunermadonna (Zigeunerin mit Kind vor Wagenrad). 1926 /27.
Lithograph in colors from 3 stones and with green watercolor.
Karsch 168. Signed. Unique sheet. On brownish wove paper. 70 x 50.4 cm (27.5 x 19.8 in) , the full sheet.
This is the main sheet from the "Zigeunermappe" (Gypsy portfolio) from 1927. It is considered Otto Mueller's most accomplished graphic achievement. [EH].
Unique object, with watercolors. One of the few objects sold during the artist's lifetime. Otto Mueller only signed his sheets upon sale.

PROVENANCE: Collection Heinrich Neuerburg (with blindstamp (Lugt 1344a) and with inscription "4" in lower left and near blindstamp).
Private collection Rhineland.

"Otto Mueller's 'Zigeunermappe' [..] does not only reveal his deep sympathy for the Romani people, it is his graphic masterpiece and a highlight of expressionist lithography."
Heinz Spielmann, in: Die Maler der Brücke - inventory cat. collection Hermann Gerlinger, Halle S. 2005, p. 416

The so-called "Zigeunermappe" (Gypsy Portfolio), on which Otto Mueller worked with great devotion, was the artist‘s last big graphic accomplishment. He send the following lines to Maschka Mueller, his divorced first wife: "I am very busy with the color lithographs, they will be very nice. I already have completed two and still have to make another seven for the portfolio. Once I‘m done I will send you trial proofs" (quote from: Lothar-Günther Buchheim, Otto Mueller - Leben und Werk, Feldafing 1963, p. 184). After printing, Otto Mueller worked the individual sheets over with watercolors or chalks, partly or entirely, so that every sheet has its very own appeal and unique character. The sheet "Zigeunermadonna" (Gypsy Madonna) can doubtlessly be considered the main work in the series. Otto Mueller adopted the traditional topos of the depiction of the Virgin Mary, the wheel behind the head inevitably turns into an aureola and the gypsy woman with the child clearly symbolizes Mary with the Infant Jesus. He renders this motif with thorough care, consciously taking the image to a higher transcendental level, particular as he felt very close to the Romani people. When the "Zigeunermappe" was made the artist had already fallen severely ill, which is why he had big hopes in a financially successful sale. Very few complete portfolios have survived and hardly one was offered on the market. For economic reasons he sold the sheets individually: as our sheet was signed by Otto Mueller it is guaranteed that it is one of the very few sheets sold in the artist‘s lifetime.



633
Otto Mueller
Zigeunermadonna (Zigeunerin mit Kind vor Wagenrad), 1926/27.
Lithograph in colors
Estimate:
€ 40,000 / $ 46,400
Sold:
€ 100,000 / $ 115.999

(incl. 25% surcharge)