Sale: 502 / Modern Art II, July 18. 2020 in Munich Lot 378

 
378
Kurt Weinhold
Meine Frau mit Grammophon, 1927.
Oil on canvas
Estimate:
€ 40,000 / $ 47,600
Sold:
€ 106,250 / $ 126.437

(incl. 25% surcharge)
Lot description
Meine Frau mit Grammophon. 1927.
Oil on canvas.
Golinski 180. Signed and dated in lower left. Inscribed "Kurt Weinhold. Calw/Württ. 'Meine Frau'" on rear of the canvas. 183 x 102.5 cm (72 x 40.3 in).

• One of Kurt Weinhold's very rare paintings from the 1920s.
• Impressive large-size New Objectivity portrait in striking museum quality.
• Perfect balance between photo-realistic attention to detail and a reduction characteristic for New Objectivity.
• Shown at Kunsthalle Mannheim as part of the grand retrospective "Neue Sachlichkeit. Bilder auf der Suche nach der Wirklichkeit. Figurative Malerei der zwanziger Jahre" (October 9, 1994 - January 29, 1995)
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We are grateful to Dr. Hans Günter Golinski for the kind support in cataloging this lot.

PROVENANCE: Collection Rolf Deyhle, Stuttgart (with a label on the frame).
Private collection Southern Germany (until 2012; 2006-2012 on permanent loan at Kunsthalle Böblingen).
Private collection Greece (since 2012).

EXHIBITION: Württembergischer Kunstverein, Kunstgebäude Stuttgart, no date, no. 785 (with a label on the stretcher).
Kurt Weinhold 1896-1965, Galerie Schlichtenmaier, Schloss Dätzingen, Grafenau, November 16 - December 20, 1986, cat. no. 2 with color illu. on p. 34 (with a label on the stretcher).
Neue Sachlichkeit. Bilder auf der Suche nach der Wirklichkeit. Figurative Malerei der zwanziger Jahre, Städtische Kunsthalle Mannheim, October 9, 1994 - November 29, 1995, no cat. no., p. 243, with illu. on p. 192 (with the respective shipping label on the stretcher).
Kurt Weinhold zum 100. Geburtstag, Galerie der Stadt Calw in Zusammenarbeit mit der Galerie Schlichtenmaier, Grafenau, November 17, 1996 - January 19, 1997, on the cover of the catalog.
Malerische Bildwelten, Galerie Schlichtenmaier, Schloss Dätzingen, Grafenau, January 29 - May 5, 2005, on the title of the exhibition's brochure.
Städtische Galerie Böblingen, permanent loan from 2006 to 2012.

LITERATURE: Hans Günter Golinski, Kurt Weinhold (1896-1965). Sinnbildschaffende Malerei des 20. Jahrhunderts in Deutschland, Bamberg 1985, pp. 73-78.

"I want the absolute in our relationship and love, I want to love you through and through, to pour into one another, to take whatever I am able to bear to a higher and a highest level, the absolute that I am able to contribute to the peoples' best accomplishments of all times. [..] You re my soul, my other self, you are set to be free, . this only one can be entrusted with, the divinity, and that's what we form in unity.. You my significant other, my completion."
Kurt Weinhold in a letter to his wife from November 22, 1938, quote after: H. G. Golinski, p. 77.

Essay
Since a wide appreciation of the painters of New Objectivity is still pending, the exhibition-and art market is primarily oriented towards already known representatives of this movement of the 1920s. But besides that, many artists have worked in the spirit of this time and at a high artistic level without receiving any attention beyond the local scene. Kurt Weinhold is one of those almost undiscovered artist personalities, whose work amazes us most for its key-highlights, which include his life-size painting "Meine Frau mit Grammophon". Only few of his most important works were given the chance to star in museum exhibitions on New Objectivity, as it is was the case with our impressive portrait of his wife Margarete, which was part of the grand New Objectivity retrospective at Kunsthalle Mannheim in 1995/96."My Wife with a Gramophone" is a great example of the marvelous discoveries that Weinhold's pictorial creation has to offer, partly for its dense expressiveness and the convincing technical mastery. The painterly finesse shown in the treatment of the material stands in remarkable contrast to the sparse composition itself, which, apart from the model and the gramophone cabinet, has nothing else to offer. Despite a certain closeness to Rudolf Schlichter's canon of colors and shapes, Kurt Weinhold was able to pursue an own path that enabled him to develop a largely independent style both in terms of technique and choice of motif, a style that fascinates us up until today for its uniquely enraptured character. [JS]
378
Kurt Weinhold
Meine Frau mit Grammophon, 1927.
Oil on canvas
Estimate:
€ 40,000 / $ 47,600
Sold:
€ 106,250 / $ 126.437

(incl. 25% surcharge)