Fisch und Muschel. 1932. Oil on canvas. Scheibler 122. Signed and dated in lower left. 59 x 47 cm (23.2 x 18.5 in). [JS]. • One of the very rare paintings from Nay's early surrealistic period (1930-1933). • So far only four more paintings from this small, early creative period have been offered on the international auction market (artprice.com). • Of the total of over fifty works from this impressive creative phase, 19 are now considered destroyed during the war and 31 are listed as "whereabouts unknown" in the catalog raisonné. • Two other works from this period are in the collections of the Kunsthalle Hamburg and the Staatsgalerie Stuttgart.
PROVENANCE: Uli Nimptsch, London (1897-1977). Collection Klaus Bingemer, Cologne (ever since family-owned).
LITERATURE: Werner Haftmann, E.W. Nay, Cologne 1960, p. 46 (with illu. on plate 4). Werner Haftmann, E.W.Nay, Cologne 1991, S. 50 (with illu. on p. 51). Ernst Wilhelm Nay, Regesten zu Leben und Werk, in: Ernst Wilhelm Nay - Bilder und Dokumente, Munich 1980, p. 58, cat. no. 11 (with illu.).