Sale: 517 / Modern Art II, June 18. 2021 in Munich Lot 167

 

167
Otto Dix
Haus und Baumstümpfe (bei Souchez, Pas-de-Calais), Um 1916.
Black Chalk drawing
Estimate:
€ 18,000 / $ 20,880
Sold:
€ 22,500 / $ 26.100

(incl. 25% surcharge)
Haus und Baumstümpfe (bei Souchez, Pas-de-Calais). Um 1916.
Black Chalk drawing.
Lower right signed and titled on the reverse, presumably by a hand other than that of the artist. On thin wove paper. 28.5 x 28.5 cm (11.2 x 11.2 in), the full sheet. [CH].

• Through fragmentation, abstraction and alienation of this coarse, almost threatening, village scene, Dix processed his war experiences , which had shaken him to the core.
• Similar drawings by the artist are at the Museum of Modern Art in New York ("Zerschossene Mauern", 1916 / "Schreibender Soldat", 1916).
• The high-contrast, expressionist war drawings form an impressive first peak in the artist's early creative period
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The work is registered in the archive of the Otto-Dix-Foudnation with the number Lorenz WK 5.5.19.

PROVENANCE: Antiquariat unter den Linden, Berlin (around 1970).
Private collection Rhineland.
Private collection Germany (inherited from above).

"Dix must have experienced the war like a dream, but with the watchful eyes of a draftsman and painter. [.] Dix not only sees war as an effect of a man-made technology, but experiences it as a brutal, callous eruption of nature beyond good and evil: as storm flood and typhoon, as a tremor that shakes earth in its foundations. He experiences in apocalyptic or eschatological [.], that is the ultimate and the utmost, as doomsday mood, as inhuman and superhuman, as something what has long slipped away from man. Man can only duck before this violence: he can only suffer through it. But what a pandemoniac drama it unfolds before his frightened and amazed eyes! "
Otto Conzelmann, Otto Dix. Handzeichnungen, Hanover 1968, pp. 17f.




167
Otto Dix
Haus und Baumstümpfe (bei Souchez, Pas-de-Calais), Um 1916.
Black Chalk drawing
Estimate:
€ 18,000 / $ 20,880
Sold:
€ 22,500 / $ 26.100

(incl. 25% surcharge)