Hockende auf der Kugel. 1921. Bronze with brown-green patina. With monogram in ligature on ball segment. One of just three known copies from a planned edition of five copies. Ca. 40 x 31 x 23 cm (15.7 x 12.2 x 9 in). Cast by art foundry Hermann Noack, Berlin-Friedenau (with foundry mark "H. NOACK BERLIN FRIEDENAU"). Please find more images and a video clip of this work on our homepage. • For the first time offered on the international auction market. • Formerly part of the renowned sculpture collection Werner Bär (1899-1960). • One of just three known copies of this bronze. • One copy of this bronze was shown in the important Kolbe exhibition at Galerie Cassirer, Berlin in 1921. • Unusually expressive depiction of a squatted nude.
Accompanied by an expertise isued by Dr. Ursel Berger, Berlin, from September 3, 2019. This figure will be included into the forthcoming catalog raisonné of Georg Kolbe's sculptures.
PROVENANCE: Collection Werner and Nelly Bär, Switzerland (inside with collection label). Private collection Southern Germany (since 1960).
EXHIBITION: Die Plastiksammlung Werner Bär, Kunstmuseum Winterthur, September 16 - November 11, 1951, cat. no. 52 (no illu., erroneously titled "Kauernde"). Presumably different copy: Georg Kolbe, Galerie Cassirer, Berlin, 1921.
LITERATURE: W. R. Valentiner, Georg Kolbe, Munich 1922, p. 47 (with illu., plate 45). Stuttgarter Kunstkabinett, 35th auction, Modern Art, May 20, 1960, lot 317 (with illu., plate 317).