Badender Akt mit Segelboot. Um 1913/14. Colored chalk drawing. Verso with the estate stamp (Lugt 1570b) and the hand-written number"FS Be/Bf 20". On smooth wove paper. 46 x 59 cm (18.1 x 23.2 in), almost the full sheet. [CH].
• Spontaneously captured, dynamic figure study. • Kirchner spent the summers from 1912 to 1914 on the island of Fehmarn. • A similar but smaller drawing of a bathing woman on the beach with rocks and a sailing boat is in the National Gallery of Art in Washington (1912/13). - For some paintings made on Fehmarn this sheet may have served as a prelimnary sketch: "Segelboote im Sturm" (1912, Gordon 254), "Zwei badende Frauen am Strand mit Barke" (1912, Gordon 257) und "Drei Badende am Meer" (1912/20, Gordon 258). - The motif of bathers and the nude outdoors are among the main motifs of the "Brücke" group.
This work is documented at the Ernst Ludwig Kirchner Archive, Wichtrach/Bern.
PROVENANCE: From the artist's estate. Kunstmuseum Basel (1946). Stuttgarter Kunstkabinett Roman Norbert Ketterer, Stuttgart (1954). Galerie Nierendorf, Berlin (December 1966) Private collection Southern Germany.
LITERATURE: Hauswedell & Nolte, Hamburg, 263rd auction, Moderne Kunst, June 9, 1986, lot no. 579 (with illu. on plate 21).