Sale: 530 / Evening Sale / The Hermann Gerlinger Collection, June 10. 2022 in Munich Lot 45

 

45
Erich Heckel
Unterhaltung, 1908.
Colored chalk
Estimate:
€ 20,000 / $ 23,200
Sold:
€ 25,000 / $ 28.999

(incl. surcharge)
Unterhaltung. 1908.
Colored chalk.
Lower left signed, dated and titled. On wove paper (with watermark). 37 x 49 cm (14.5 x 19.2 in), the full sheet.
[AR].

• The depicted ladies could possibly be Dodo and her sister Armgard.
• Spontaneous drawing in a particularly large forrmat.
• Typical studio scene from the "Brücke" heyday.
Featured in several exhibitions during the artist's lifetime.
• The composition's sketch-like spontaneity with high-contrast colors is characteristic works from this period of creation
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The work is listed in the Erich Heckel Estate, Hemmenhofen on Lake Constance. We are grateful to Mrs Renate Ebner and Mr Hans Geissler for the kind support in cataloging this lot. We are also grateful to Eline van Dijk, LWL-Museum für Kunst und Kultur, Münster, for her kind expert advice.

PROVENANCE: Artist's estate.
Collection Hermann Gerlinger, Würzburg (with the collection stamp, acquired from the above in 1993).

EXHIBITION: Erich Heckel zur Vollendung des siebenten Lebensjahrzehnts. Gemälde, Aquarelle, graphische Arbeiten, Landesmuseum für Kunst und Kulturgeschichte, Münster, July 18 - September 15, 1953, cat. no. 94.
Erich Heckel, Werke der Brückezeit 1907-1917, Württembergischer Kunstverein, Stuttgart, September 15 - October 27, 1957, cat. no. 51.
Brücke 1905-1913, eine Künstlergemeinschaft des Expressionismus, Museum Folkwang Essen, October 12 - December 14, 1958, cat. no. 21.
Schleswig-HolsteinischesLandesmuseum Schloss Gottorf, Schleswig (permanent loan from the Collection Hermann Gerlinger, 1995-2001).
Kunstmuseum Moritzburg, Halle an der Saale (permanent loan from the Collection Hermann Gerlinger, 2001-2017).
Buchheim Museum, Bernried (permanent loan from the Collection Hermann Gerlinger, 2017-2022.

LITERATURE: Heinz Spielmann (editor), Die Maler der Brücke. Collection Hermann Gerlinger, Stuttgart 1995, p. 167, SHG no. 181 (with color illu.).
Hermann Gerlinger, Katja Schneider (editor), Die Maler der Brücke. Inventory catalog Collection Hermann Gerlinger, Halle (Saale) 2005, p. 156, SHG no. 350 (with color illu.).

In January 1944, Erich Heckel's studio was bombed in an air raid. In addition to 17 paintings and 8 wooden sculptures, hundreds of watercolors, drawings and prints perished in the flames. Only very few of Erich Heckel's colored chalk drawings made during the years of the ‘Brücke‘, those famous quarter-hour nudes and spontaneous accounts of the common studio events, have survived. "Unterhaltung" is such a sheet: two female models, one reclined with her back to the viewer, the other sitting next to her. Both women are naked, the situation is indicated with a few bright colors. We see only the most important outlines of the body. Many of the few drawings by Erich Heckel from this period that have survived were executed in charcoal or pen, only very few shine in bright colors like our beautiful sheet from the Gerlinger Collection. Bright colors define the body contours here. Purple and blue are superimposed together with yellow and brown as spontaneous lines. A structuring basic drawing can only be recognized as a fine line, for example in the bent legs of the reclining figure.

Drawings like this were created in hours of joint studio work by the Brücke artists. They are free and informal with their girlfriends and models; this creates the style-defining perception of the current situation. As a parallel, Kirchner's pastels made around the same time as this sheet should be pointed out. A colored chalk drawing by Ernst Ludwig Kirchner from the same year may correspond to the same studio situation. (Fs Dre/BG 42 see Ketterer Kunst A 400 lot 20). Heckel's "Unterhaltung" is characterized by a pronounced lightness. Despite all security in the tectonic, it retains a mobility, self-evidence and openness that comes across suggestively as a life reflex. [EH]



45
Erich Heckel
Unterhaltung, 1908.
Colored chalk
Estimate:
€ 20,000 / $ 23,200
Sold:
€ 25,000 / $ 28.999

(incl. surcharge)