Sale: 502 / Modern Art II, July 18. 2020 in Munich Lot 373

Ludwig Meidner
Die Pauluspredigt, 1919.
Watercolor over pencil
Post auction sale: € 60,000 / $ 71,400
Lot description
Die Pauluspredigt. 1919.
Watercolor over pencil.
Lower left signed and dated. On paper. 65 x 49.2 cm (25.5 x 19.3 in), the full sheet. [CH].

• Religious identity of Jewish prophets in self portrait.
• Strong drama with expressive tension.
• Strong impressive coloring

We are grateful to Mr Erik Riedel, Ludwig Meidner Archive, Jewish Museum, Frankfurt am Main, for his kind expert advice.

PROVENANCE: Collection Buller, Duisburg (1960s).
Private collection.

EXHIBITION: Ludwig Meidner - Ernst Barlach. Unter unerforschlichen Meteoren, Ernst-Barlach-Haus, Hamburg, October 11, 2009 - January 31, 2010, Kunsthalle Recklinghausen, February 14 - April 18, 2010.

LITERATURE: Lothar Brieger, Ludwig Meidner, in: Junge Kunst, vol. 4, Leipzig 1919
Thomas Grochowiak, Ludwig Meidner, Recklinghausen 1966, p. 125 (with full-page color illu. no. XV, p. 75.

"I settled my distress working night and day, doomsday, apocalypse and skulls, because in those days the worlds‘ turmoil cast a glaring shadow over my whimpering brush hand", saidLudwig Meidner about the prophets in retrospect in 1919. (Quote from: Lothar Brieger, Ludwig Meidner, Junge Kunst, vol. 4, Leipzig 1919). In 1916, Meidner was drafted into the military and served inthe infantry where heinterpreted for French prisoners of war. Meidner processedthe miseriesexperienced at the front in sketchbooks, which he calls the "Psalm Book" comprising drawings ofprophets and Zealots in contemporary uniforms next to studies of coffee house scenes expressing his highly emotional viewsof the current events. Returning to Berlin in August 1918, Meidner, who meanwhile had signed with the gallery owner Paul Cassirer, began to study the Old Testament, delvedinto Sibylline books and writings on prophets, and rendered what he had read in full sheet depictions ofimpetuous or disbelieving figures like it is the case here with apostle Paul sermonizing. With his eyes wide open as if begging forhelp, his face hidden behind closed arms, the Prophet seemsto be looking for words which he will immediately say to those curiously listening. Meidner's prophets are no supermen who proclaim the doomsday announcements, lamentations and the healing wordsof God as described in the Old Testament. Meidner allows his prophets to make emotional gestures, tearat their hair, have doubts, ask questions, be supplicators just like their listeners. [MvL]

Buyer's premium, taxation and resale right apportionment for Ludwig Meidner "Die Pauluspredigt"
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