Sale: 502 / Modern Art II, July 18. 2020 in Munich Lot 381

 
381
Anita Rée
Assa, 1931.
Oil on canvas
Estimate:
€ 30,000 / $ 35,700
Sold:
€ 37,500 / $ 44.625

(incl. 25% surcharge)
Lot description
Assa. 1931.
Oil on canvas.
G 158. Lower left monogrammed. 54.5 x 45 cm (21.4 x 17.7 in).

• Characterful and sensitive female portrait.
• Striking depiction in the style of female portraits from early Italian Renaissance
.

PROVENANCE: Max G. Bollag, Zurich.
Private collection Switzerland (acquired from aforementioned around 1975).

LITERATURE: M. Bruhns, Anita Rée, Hamburg 1986, p. 269 / G 116.

Essay
While Anita Rée was living in Positano from 1922 to 1925, from where she went on various trips to the south of Italy, female portraits became her main motif. For her drawings simple village women sat model. Anita Rée also prepared our portrait in several drawings, of which two pencil studies are known (Z 224, Z 225), one of them titled "ASSA" on the reverse side. In terms of style, the motionless immersion of the people depicted refers to the artist‘s examination of early Italian Renaissance works. However, Anita Rée found a unique way to perpetuate the portraits of women in her oeuvre. Last but not least, the hands of the portrayed person also play a very special role in the artist's portraits: enclosing cheeks and chin, they are an expression of both loving care and powerful strength, emphasizing Assa‘s essential characteristic traits. [EH]
381
Anita Rée
Assa, 1931.
Oil on canvas
Estimate:
€ 30,000 / $ 35,700
Sold:
€ 37,500 / $ 44.625

(incl. 25% surcharge)