Sale: 528 / Modern Art, June 11. 2022 in Munich Lot 457

 

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Otto Dix
Elsa die Himmels-Braut vom Café Kasino (Studie zum Gemälde "Elsa, die Gräfin"), 1922.
Charcoal drawing
Post auction sale: € 40,000 / $ 46,400
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Elsa die Himmels-Braut vom Café Kasino (Studie zum Gemälde "Elsa, die Gräfin"). 1922.
Charcoal drawing.
Lorenz 8.1.9. Signed on the business card in the depicted person's left hand and titled in left margin. Verso with inscription "Februar 1922" and "# 47". On wove paper. 43 x 35 cm (16.9 x 13.7 in), the full sheet.

• Model for the painting "Elsa, die Gräfin"
• "Disillusionment of the Eros" (Fritz Löffler).
• Important work from the popular 1920s.
• Shown at important monographic exhibitions
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PROVENANCE: Art archive Arntz, Haag/Obb (1985).
Private collection Southern Germany.

EXHIBITION: Berlin. A critical view. Ugly Realism, 20s-70s, Institute of Contemporary Arts, London 1978, cat. no. 16 with illu. and text illu. on p. 184.
Otto Dix. Menschenbilder. Gemälde, Aquarelle Gouachen und Zeichnungen, Galerie der Stadt Stuttgart, December 3, 1981 - January 31, 1982, cat. no. 96 with illu.
Otto Dix 1891-1969, Palais des Beaux Arts, Brussels, June 14 - July 28, 1985.
Otto Dix 1891-1969, Museum Villa Stuck, Munich, August 23 - Ocotober 27, 1985, cat. no. 334 with illu. on p. 176.

LITERATURE: Brigid S. Barton, Otto Dix and Die neue Sachlichkeit: 1918-1925, 1981, p. 33.
Hans Kinkel (editor), Otto Dix, Protokolle der Hölle. Zeichnungen, Frankfurt a. M. 1968, illu. 78.
Fritz Löffler, Otto Dix 1891-1969. Oeuvre der Gemälde, Recklinghausen 1981, p. 305 (erroneously under 1922/18).

"My motto is: 'Believe your eyes!'"
Otto Dix, Gedanken zum Porträtmalen 1955, quoted from: Cat. Villa Stuck, 1985, p. 276)

Otto Dix visited the bars, pubs and establishments in the red light districts, first in Dresden and later in Düsseldorf. This is where the heart of his oeuvre was created. In his portrayal of Elsa, whom he calls Heaven's Bride from the Café Kasino, he succeeded in depicting the whore theme without any embellishment and with a full-on directness. Identity and visual appearance merge into a total unity in the figure of Elsa. It's not a voyeuristic look, but a compassionate one. Otto Dix models this woman's body with the same respectful graphic gesture as he did with the dead soldiers in the trenches. And so it is quite natural that Elsa is enthroned on a monumental armchair or sofa and that the complexity of the person is exposed in her naked body. Because she is much more delicate than the large, somewhat coarse face would suggest. She sits quietly, exhausted and very present in a wild mess of bottles, smashed glasses and a used condom at her feet. Otto Dix shows the whore's life as it is, she is a sex worker and this is her place of work. [EH]



457
Otto Dix
Elsa die Himmels-Braut vom Café Kasino (Studie zum Gemälde "Elsa, die Gräfin"), 1922.
Charcoal drawing
Post auction sale: € 40,000 / $ 46,400
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