Sale: 498 / Art of the 19th Century, July 18. 2020 in Munich Lot 532

 
532
Max Liebermann
Kleinkinderschule, 1875.
Oil on canvas
Estimate:
€ 50,000 / $ 59,500
Sold:
€ 52,500 / $ 62.475

(incl. 25% surcharge)
Lot description
Kleinkinderschule. 1875.
Oil on canvas.
Eberle 1875/13. Signed in lower left. 59.3 x 80.5 cm (23.3 x 31.6 in).

• Made under the late impression of a journey to France and Liebermann's ocupation with the Barbizon School
• Intimate depiction in tender color and lighting that clearl hints at impressionist tendencies
• Impressive exhibition history
• Notable provenance: Paul Cassirer, collection Leo Lewin, collection Georg Schäfer etc.
• The later version (1880) of this charming motif is in possession of the Berlin Nationalgalerie.
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We are grateful to Drs. Margreet Nouwen, Berlin, for her kind expert advice.

PROVENANCE: Paul Cassirer, Berlin (1914).
Galerie Ferdinand Möller, Wroclaw (1917).
Collection Leo Lewin, Wroclaw (1917-1927).
Galerie Matthiesen, Berlin (1931 the latest, verso with a fragmentarily preserved label).
Galerie Carl Nicolai, Berlin (January 30, 1933 the latest [sales offer from Nicolais to Oskar Reinhart, Winterthur] - 1955).
Collection Dr. Georg Schäfer, Schweinfurt (acquired from aforementioned in 1955, verso with a typographically inscribed and stamped collection label).
Private collection Hesse.

EXHIBITION: Exhibition of 'Deutscher Künstlerbund', Kunsthalle Mannheim, May 4 - September 30, 1913, cat. no. 221 (with black-and-white illu.).
Deutsche Malerei des 19. und 20. Jahrhunderts, Zürich, 1917, cat. no. 51.
Ausstellung deutscher Malerei des 19. Jahrhunderts, Kunsthalle Basel, October 7 - November 4, 1917, cat. no. 50.
Max Liebermann, Kunstverein für die Rheinlande und Westfalen, Düsseldorf, 1925, presumably cat. nor. 8 (with slightly different dimensions).
Auction house Cassirer-Helbing, Berlin, auction of the collection of Leo Lewin, Wroclaw, April 12, 1927, lot 6 (with illu.).
Christie’s, Düsseldorf, Paintings from the Collection of Dr. Georg Schäfer, January 31, 2000, lot 214 (with color illu.).

LITERATURE: Willy F. Storck, Die Ausstellung des Deutschen Künstlerbundes in Mannheim, in: Kunst für Alle, Jahrgang XVIII, August 1, 1913, p. 481 (with the title "Schulstundenbild").
Erich Hancke, Max Liebermann. Sein Leben und seine Werke, Berlin 1914, p. 98, with work catalog, cat. no. 528.
Kunstchronik, year XXVIII, no. 39, July 30, 1917, p. 451.
Karl Scheffler, Breslauer Kunstleben, in: Kunst und Künstler, year XXI, 1922/23, pp. 111-133, pp. 116f.
Erich Hancke, Max Liebermann. Sein Leben und seine Werke, Berlin 1923, p. 98 (second revised edition, no illu.).
Karl Scheffler, Kunstausstellungen - Düsseldorf (Kunstverein), in: Kunst und Künstler, year XXIII, issue 12, p. 497 (no illu.).
Katrin Boskamp, Studien zum Frühwerk von Max Liebermann mit einem Verzeichnis der Gemälde und Ölstudien von 1866-1889, Hildesheim/Zürich/New York 1994, cat. no. 65.

Essay
Liebermann made a total of six versions of this charming motif of the "Kleinkinderschule", the work offered here was among the first five versions. While some elements are no longer part of the final version from 1880 (Eberle 1880/1) or were strongly modified, the depiction of the sewing nanny in right of the picture remained unaltered. The final version also contains the lateral depiction of the female figure, which was shown in frontal view in the other four versions. [CH]
532
Max Liebermann
Kleinkinderschule, 1875.
Oil on canvas
Estimate:
€ 50,000 / $ 59,500
Sold:
€ 52,500 / $ 62.475

(incl. 25% surcharge)