Sale: 517 / Modern Art II, June 18. 2021 in Munich Lot 121

Ernst Ludwig Kirchner
Unterhaltung, 1923.
Watercolor and brush drawing over chalk drawing
€ 40,000 - 60,000

$ 48,000 - 72,000

Lot description
Unterhaltung. 1923.
Watercolor and brush drawing over chalk drawing.
Signed in upper left and in top center. Verso with the estate stamp (Lugt 1570b) and the hand-written number "A Da/Bi 10". On firm smooth wove paper. 35 x 47 cm (13.7 x 18.5 in), the full sheet. [CH].

• Figure composition in strong colors and with a painting-like effect.
• The casual scene shows E. L. Kirchner, his partner Erna Schilling and a guest at the "Wildbodenhaus" in Davos, where the couple had just settled in 1923, the year this work was made.
• The guest might have been the art critic Gustav Schiefler who visited the artist in Davos in June that year.
• Kirchner also depicts a couple of pieces of furniture, among them the backrest of a bench showing a mother with children, which he had carved the year our watercolor was made

This work is documented at the Ernst Ludwig Kirchner Archive, Wichtrach/Bern.

PROVENANCE: From the artist's estate (Davos 1938, Kunstmuseum Basel 1946).
Galerie Elfriede Wirnitzer, Baden-Baden.
Private collection Northern Germany.
Private collection Switzerland (acquired from aforementioned in 2006, Villa Grisebach Auctions, May 26, 2006, lot no. 43).

LITERATURE: Auction house Weinmüller, Munich, 97th auction, catalog 105, Modern Art, November 5, 1965, lot no. 140 (with illu., plate 62).
Villa Grisebach Auctions, Berlin, 134th auction, Selected Works, May 26, 2006, lot no. 43 (with color illu. on p. 74).

Called up: June 18, 2021 - ca. 13.28 h +/- 20 min.


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