Ohne Titel. 1956. Watercolor. Claesges 56-035. Verso with a hand-written inscription and a confirmation from Elisabeth Nay-Scheibler. On firm paper. 27.3 x 56.6 cm (10.7 x 22.2 in), the full sheet. This is one of the preliminary watercolors for the large-size work "Freiburger Bild" (oil on canvas, Scheibler 812), which explains the unusually long format. There is no final study in existence that can be ascribed directly to the oil painting, which is why the prelimiary watercolors must be considered of equal value with regards to the later painting (cf. catalog raisonné Claesges, p. 115). [CH]. • Preliminary watercolor for the large-size painting "Freiburger Bild". • Notable provenance • Unusual format. • Colors in a particularly strong and fresh impression.
PROVENANCE: Collection Günther Franke, Munich. Galerie Herbert Meyer-Ellinger, Frankfurt am Main (1987). Private collection Rhineland. Galerie Ludorff, Düsseldorf (2009) Private collection Frankfurt am Main. Galerie Thomas, Munich. Private collection Southern Germany (acquired from aforementioned in 2010).
EXHIBITION: Ernst Wilhelm Nay. Retrospektive, Museum Ludwig in der Josef-Haubrich-Kunsthalle, Cologne, November 17, 1990 - January 20, 1991, Kunsthalle Basel, March 28 - May 20, 1991, Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art, Edinburgh, June 8 - July 21, 1991, cat. no. 223 (with illu. on p. 180).
LITERATURE: Veronika Kaiser-Pogany, Nana Ludorff, Nadine Müller, Katharina Venz and Sabine Ziegenrücker (editors), ex. cat. Ernst Wilhelm Nay. Ohne Titel - Studie zum Freiburger Bild, in: Neuerwerbungen. Spring 2009, Galerie Ludorff, catalog 127, Düsseldorf 2009, p. 80.