Häuser. Um 1952. Oil on canvas. Seel 756. Verso of the canvas with the artist's estate stamp. 45 x 55.7 cm (17.7 x 21.9 in). Two works by Werner Gilles with the same notable provenance are offered in our auction 486 Young Collectors III. [CH]. - Main work from Heldt's most acknowledged period of creation - Notable provenances: formerly Collection Eberhard Seel (author of the catalog raisonnée) and Hubertus Wald (donator of the exhibition wing "Hubertus-Wald-Forum" at the Kunsthalle Hamburg). - Notable exhibition history covering five decades.
EXHIBITION: Moderne Malerei aus Frankfurter Privatbesitz, Frankfurter Kunstverein, Frankfurt am Main, March 16 - April 28, 1963, with illu. in black-and-white. Werner Held 1920-1954, Kestner-Gesellschaft, Hanover, March 08 - April 07, 1968, cat. no. 105, with illu. in black-and-white. Werner Heldt. Berlin am Meer (Bilder und Graphik von 1927 bis 1954), Galerie Brusberg, Berlin, September 05 - October-31, 1987, no cat. number, with color illu. on p. 63 (with gallery label on the frame). Werner Heldt, Kunsthalle Nuremberg, December 02, 1989 - February 11, 1990, Berlinische Galerie, Museum für moderne Kunst, Photographie und Architektur, Martin-Gropius-Bau, Berlin, February 23 - April 15, 1990, Kunsthalle Bremen, May 25 - July 08, 1990, cat. no. 36, with color illu. on p. 120 (with respective shipping label on the frame). Collection Wald. Glanzstücke der Malerei des 20. Jahrhunderts, Hamburger Kunsthalle, September 17 - November 23, 2003.
LITERATURE: Die Sammlung Hubertus und Renate Wald, Hamburg 1998, p. 116 (with colro illu. on p. 117). "In 'Häuser' Werner Heldt shows a view of Berlin that goes far beyond the post-war era. Melancholia and reconstruction melt into a symbolic picture." Dr. Verena Hein, art historian and dramatic advisor at Bavarian State Opera Munich