Sale: 530 / Evening Sale / The Hermann Gerlinger Collection, June 10. 2022 in Munich Lot 28

 

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Karl Schmidt-Rottluff
Frau mit aufgelöstem Haar, 1913.
Woodcut
Estimate:
€ 10,000 / $ 10,400
Sold:
€ 12,500 / $ 13.000

(incl. surcharge)
Frau mit aufgelöstem Haar. 1913.
Woodcut.
Schapire H 123. Signed. On Japon. 35.7 x 30 cm (14 x 11.8 in). Sheet: 55,3 x 46,1 cm (21,7 x 18,1 in).
Printed by Manus Offizin Fritz Voigt, Berlin (inscribed in left below the image) [KT].

• The woodcut became the most important means for the "Brücke" artists to express their dramatic imagery.
• Copies of this woodcut are part of the collections of the Städel in Frankfurt, the Brücke Museum Berlin and the Museum Ludwig in Cologne.
• This work shows how physical features like eyes, nose and mouth, breasts and buttocks from African sculptures and masks have influenced Schmidt-Rottluff's aesthetic canon
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PROVENANCE: Collection Hermann Gerlinger, Würzburg (with the collector stamp).

EXHIBITION: Schleswig-Holsteinisches Landesmuseum Schloss Gottorf, Schleswig (permanent loan from Collection Hermann Gerlinger, 1995-2001).
Kunstmuseum Moritzburg, Halle an der Saale (permanent loan from Collection Hermann Gerlinger, 2001-2017).
Expressiv! Die Künstler der Brücke. Die Sammlung Hermann Gerlinger, Albertina, Vienna, June 1 - August 28, 2007, cat. no. 33 (with illu.).
Buchheim Museum, Bernried (permanent loan from Collection Hermann Gerlinger, 2017-2022).

LITERATURE: Gerhard Wietek, Schmidt-Rottluff. Graphik, Munich 1971, no. 72 (with illu.)
Heinz Spielmann (editor), Die Maler der Brücke. Collection Hermann Gerlinger, Stuttgart 1995, p. 364, SHG no. 607 (with illu.).
Hermann Gerlinger, Katja Schneider (editors), Die Maler der Brücke. Inventory catalog Collection Hermann Gerlinger, Halle (Saale) 2005, p. 68, SHG no. 121 (with illu.).
Schmidt-Rottluff. Form, Farbe, Ausdruck, Buchheim Museum, Bernried am Starnberger See, September 29, 2018 - February 3, 2019, p. 198 (with illu.).

During his time in Hamburg, Schmidt-Rottluff continued to develop bold perspectives on the depiction of women. In "Frau mit aufgelöstem Haar"(Woman with Loose Hair) the artist devotes himself to a classic subject of art history that has become an almost self-evident motif for the artists of "Die Brücke": women grooming themselves, the voyeuristic observation of intimate procedures. Schmidt-Rottluff's woodcuts show an increasing style-defining bawdiness by filling the woman's body shape and cutting it directly into the wooden block. Regardless of perspective or proportion, he foregoes embellishing the human anatomy. The contemplative appearance of the moment – the dreamy play with the tips of the hair – must now give way to the artist's will to design in a particularly radical way. The woodcut technique seemed to have accommodated Schmidt-Rottluff's quest for the fundamental, the primordial and the true. He effectively accentuates the wide hips, massive thighs, the spherical breasts, the thick, falling hair, setting the elegant, long, slender fingers as a kind of counterpoint. Schmidt-Rottluff has always traced the ideal of the female body, and this radical conception catches the viewer's attention. Schmidt-Rottluff was fascinated by African sculptures and masks, which are characterized by the emphasis on physical details such as eyes, nose and mouth area, breasts and buttocks and thus also reflect a traditional ideal of beauty. During these years, the artist began to compile his own collection of cult objects and artifacts, not only from Africa but also from the South Seas. [MvL]



28
Karl Schmidt-Rottluff
Frau mit aufgelöstem Haar, 1913.
Woodcut
Estimate:
€ 10,000 / $ 10,400
Sold:
€ 12,500 / $ 13.000

(incl. surcharge)