Kesselpauken. 1931. Drypoint. Helliesen/Sørensen 412. Signed and inscribed "Selbstdruck". Self-printed, aside from the edition of 9 copies. On smooth wove paper. 60 x 45.3 cm (23.6 x 17.8 in). Sheet: 65,7 x 48,3 cm (25,8 x 19 in). From the series "Karl Muck und sein Orchester" (Helliesen/Sørensen 389-421). • Extremely rare work. • Offered on the international auction market for the first time. (Source: www.artnet.com) • Other copies are in possession of the National Museum for Art, Architecture and Design in Oslo, the Kunsthalle Hamburg and the Villa Merkel in Esslingen am Neckar.
PROVENANCE: Private collection Rhineland. Private collection North Rhine-Westphalia.
"The Muck series suggests a figure created from structure and rhythme, while the abstract forms, represented by the instruments, dominate the composition. What Nesch says about the image of the conductor with the baton accounts for the complete series: "A vision charged with music", a vision that shines bright in the dark, a vision that can't be explained without listening." (Heinz Spielmann, quote after: Rolf Nesch und die Moderne. 1893-1975. Retrospective on occcasion of the 100th birthday. Cismar, Esslingen, Heidenheim 1993. p. 11.)