Weiblicher Rückenakt. 1916/1922. Tempera. Lower right monogrammed and dated. On creme wove paper. 52.8 x 34.8 cm (20.7 x 13.7 in), the full sheet. Between 1920 and 1922 the artist revised the female nude from 1916 with water tempera. Verso with a nearly full-page drawing of a cat. [CH]. • Painted on both sides. • Particularly harmonious composition of cold and warm colors from Rohlfs' characteristic palette. • Both the dynamic nude the work is based on, as well as the later expressive pictorial revision are documents of the then highly topical separation from the artistic traditions of Realism. • Female rear nudes occupy an important position in the artist's oeuvre.
Accompanied by a written confirmatin issued by Prof. Paul Vogt on June 2, 2005. In 2005 the work was registered in Prof. Dr. Paul Vogt's addenda inventory with the number CR 367/05.
PROVENANCE: Private collection Würzburg. Private collection Nuremberg (acquired from above). Galerie Neher, Essen (acquired from above in the late 1980s). Private collection Rhineland (acquired from above in 1989, family-owned until 2004). Galerie Neher, Essen (2004 repurchased from the inheritance of above). Private collection North Rhine-Westphalia (acquired from aforementioned in 2006).
EXHIBITION: Moderne mit Tradition. Das Spektrum deutscher Kunst von 1903-1989. Aquarelle, Gemälde, Skulpturen, Galerie Neher, Essen, August 26 - October 14, 1989, pp. 27, 29 with color illu. Moderne Zeiten III mit Sonderschau Hede Bühl, Galerie Neher, Essen, April 30, 2005 - August 20, 2005, no cat.