Sale: 520 / Evening Sale, June 18. 2021 in Munich Lot 368

Ernst Ludwig Kirchner
Gruppen Badender (Sonntag in Moritzburg, Badender), 1909.
Lithograph in colors
€ 80,000 - 120,000

$ 96,000 - 144,000

Lot description
Gruppen Badender (Sonntag in Moritzburg, Badender). 1909.
Lithograph in colors.
Gercken 307. Dube L118. Schiefler L134. Signed and dated "07" and inscribed "letzter Handdruck". From an edition of 6 known copies. On thin wove paper. 51 x 60 cm (20 x 23.6 in). Sheet: 54,5 x 64 cm (21,5 x 25,2 in).

• Large sheet in strong colors and with an impressive pictorial effect.
• Splendid print in four colors from the best period of the "Brücke".
• 3 of the 5 other known copies are in public collections: the Sprengel Museum, Hanover, the Kunsthalle Hamburg and the Buchheim Museum, Bernried.
• In context of the trips to the Moritzburg Lakes (1909-1911), the "Brücke" artists made particularly innovative and expressive works that were of seminal impact on the development of Expressionism.
• Kirchner also executed the motif of the bathers in oil, for instance in "Badende in Moritzburg" (1909/26, Tate Gallery, London)

PROVENANCE: Collection Heinrich Hudtwalcker, Hamburg.
Collection Heinrich Neuerburg (1883-1956), Cologne (with collector's stamp, Lugt 1344a).
Private collection Rhineland.

LITERATURE: Kornfeld & Klipstein, Bern, 99th auction, June 17/18, 1960, lot 434 (with illu.).
"There is nothing more appealing than plein-air nudes."
E. L. Kirchner in a letter to Gustav Schiefler, July 19, 1910.
"The revolutionary prints were perhaps the most important contribution to art history the 'Brücke' artists made."
Prof. Günther Gercken, in: ex. cat. Brücke. Die Geburt des deutschen Expressionismus, Berlin 2005/06, p. 57.

Called up: June 18, 2021 - ca. 19.18 h +/- 20 min.

Together with Karl Schmidt-Rottluff, Erich Heckel and Fritz Bleyl, Ernst Ludwig Kirchner founded the artist group "Die Brücke" in Dresden in 1905, which would eventually become one of the most important artist groups of of the early 20th century. In rejecting classical art studies, the friends were occupied with the modern art of their days and entirely devoted themselves to studies of nature without the burdens of traditional formal, technical and aesthetic rules of academy teachings. Confidently and undeterred, they set out on a quest for a very own, individual artistic language. In these important years - the birth hour of Expressionism - the young painters put particularly strong focus on the representation of people. In 1909 Kirchner, along with the other "Brücke" artists, spent the first summer on the Moritzburg Lakes not far from Dresden. With the same creative urge as in the Dresden studio, they sketched the frolicking undressed bathers. In these years the uninhibited and relaxed nudity was an important source of inspiration for Kirchner and his artist colleagues and ultimately evolved into one of the characteristic motifs of their expressionist work. Kirchner and the "Brücke" artists realized their then unconventional, novel conception of art not only in drawings, but especially in graphic works. They gave new life to the then rather unpopular printing medium. The impressive, extensive, technically sophisticated and also diverse oeuvre marked "in terms of quality and scope [.] a second apex in the history of graphic art after the 16th century" (Prof. Günther Gercken, in: ex. cat. Brücke. Die Geburt des deutschen Expressionismus, Berlin 2005/06, p. 57). In elaborate creative processes the artists explored the creative opportunities of the different printing techniques and used the respective material properties for their creative purposes. E. L. Kirchner was particularly involved in the design process and often carried out the actual manual printing process on top of the artistic design. Some of these graphic sheets that he marked"Eigen-" or "Handdrucke" have been preserved, including the work offered here. The works, which were only printed in small editions – with mostly just a few copies and individual trial proofs – have, due to the great appreciation of the "Brücke" artists, an artistic significance of their own. Only five other copies of the large-format color lithograph offered here, made that first summer at the Moritzburg Lakes, are known today. Three of them are in the renowned collections of the Sprengel Museum in Hanover, the Kunsthalle Hamburg Kunsthalle and the Buchheim Museum in Bernried. With the help of a free and uninhibited vocabulary, staggered overlays of the contrasting colors and a free and bold composition, Kirchner creates a dynamic, multi-figure representation characterized by an impressive rhythm and a choppiness on par with the spontaneity of the drawing on which it is base. It reveals both Kirchner's innovative creative urge, his immense creative willpower and his great craftsmanship in particular, as well as the quintessence of the revolutionary "Brücke" art in general. [CH]

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