Sale: 514 / Evening Sale, Dec. 11. 2020 in Munich Lot 209

Karl Hofer
Sibylle, 1935.
Oil on canvas
€ 100,000 - 150,000

$ 117,000 - 175,500

Lot description
Sibylle. 1935.
Oil on canvas.
Wohlert 1118. Lower right monogrammed (in ligature) and dated. 106 x 79 cm (41.7 x 31.1 in).

• With an exhibition history that goes back to its making.
• By choosing the traditional mythological subject of Sibylle, a prophet foretelling the future, Hofer also points to the looming terrors of WW II.
• Charming visualization of the artist's aspired atmosphere: A particularly expressive melancholy.
• On loan at the Museum of Modern Art in San Francisco for nearly 30 years (1957-1984)

PROVENANCE: Nierendorf Galleries, New York.
Collection Albert M. Bender, San Francisco.
San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco (1957-1984, formerly inventory number 37.2994).
Private collection Great Britain (as of the mid 1980s).
Private collection (inherited from aforementioned).

EXHIBITION: Werner Zeppenfeld: Plastik, Max Beckmann: Graphik, Karl Hofer: Ölgemälde, Kunstverein in Hamburg, April 5 -May 3, 1936, cat. no. 28
Karl Hofer. A Retrospective View, Milwaukee Art Institute, October 5 - October 25, 1936, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco, May 5 - August 5, 1937, cat. no. 15.
Karl Hofer. A Retrospective View, Schaeffer Galleries, New York, January 4 - January 23, 1937, cat. no. 14.
Loan Exhibition of International Art, Los Angeles Art Association, Los Angeles, October to December 1937, cat. no. 177.
In Memoriam, American Federation of Arts (New York), San Francisco, November 1957, cat. no. 41.

LITERATURE: Magazine of Art, San Francisco Museum of Art Edition, 1949 (January), p. XXXXVII (with illu.).
Alfred Frankenstein, Letters of a German Artist. Carl Hofer, in: San Francisco Chronicle, This World, January 11, 1948, p. 24 (with illu.).
Christie's, New York, May 17, 1984, p. 114, lot no. 397 (with illu.).
Kunstpreis Jahrbuch, 39.1984, 1, p. 202.
"Their calm yet intensive charisma is largely owed to the strict composition and stylistic elements characterized by a restrained expressiveness that preserves the object without merely reproducing it. Its secret lies in the inconspicuous yet inseparable coexistence of form and colors [..]."
Karl Hofer, quote after: ex. cat. Karl Hofer. Von Lebensspuk und stiller Schönheit, Hamburg 2012, p. 126.

Called up: December 11, 2020 - ca. 17.19 h +/- 20 min.


Buyer's premium, taxation and resale right apportionment for Karl Hofer "Sibylle"
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Resale right apportionment:
Objects made by artists who have not died at least 70 years ago are subject to a resale right apportionment of 2.4% including statutory sales tax.