Sale: 533 / Modern Art Day Sale and Gerlinger Collection, Dec. 10. 2022 in Munich Lot 416

 

416
Mappenwerk / Portfolio
3. Jahresmappe der Künstlergruppe "Brücke", 1908.
Portfolio with a woodcut by Erich Heckel and a ...
Estimate:
€ 10,000 / $ 9,200
Sold:
€ 32,500 / $ 29,900

(incl. surcharge)
3. Jahresmappe der Künstlergruppe "Brücke". 1908.
Portfolio with a woodcut by Erich Heckel and a color woodcut from both Ernst Ludwig Kirchner and Hermann Max Pechstein.
Sheet: up to 55.1 x 40 cm (21.6 x 15.7 in).
Contains: Erich Heckel. "Segelboot (Schiff auf hohem Meer)". 1907. Woodcut. Ebner/Gabelmann 168 H B (of B). Söhn HDO 213. Signed, dated and inscribed "Dangast i. O." and monogrammed in printing block. On wove paper. 16 x 21.9 cm (6.3 x 8.6 in). Sheet: 55.1 x 40 cm (21.7 x 15.7 in).
Ernst Ludwig Kirchner. "Stillleben". 1907. Color woodcut. Gercken 180 B (of B). Söhn HDO 213-2. Signed and dated and inscribed, among other things, "Probedruck" in bottom margin. On wove paper. 20 x 16.8 cm (7.9 x 6.6 in). Sheet: 52.4 x 38.8 cm (20.6 x 15.3 in).
Hermann Max Pechstein. "Unsere Frau". 1907. Color woodcut. Krüger H 66 I (of II). Söhn HDO 213-3. Signed, dated and inscribed "Paris". On wove paper. 22.8 x 12.4 cm (9 x 4.9 in). Sheet: 47.1 x 32.2 cm (18.5 x 12.7 in).
The complete 3rd annual portfolio. [AM]
Initially, each sheet will be called up individually and in the following as the complete portfolio.

• Published in small print run as 3rd annual portfolio for the passive members of the group.
• The outstanding portfolio testifies to the expressiveness and multifacetedness of the "Brücke" woodcuts.
• Copies of this portfolio are very rare on the international auction market (source: artprice.com)
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PROVENANCE: Kirchner, "Stillleben": Kunsthütte Chemnitz (until 1937, verso with stamp).
Kirchner, "Stillleben": State-owned (in 1937 confiscated from the above, EK number 10066, until 1940).
Kirchner, "Stillleben": Galerie Ferdinand Möller, Berlin/Zermützel (obtained from the above in an exchange, 1940).
Collection Hermann Gerlinger, Würzburg (with the collector's stamp Lugt 6032).

EXHIBITION: Schleswig-Holsteinisches Landesmuseum 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: www.geschkult.fu-berlin.de/e/db_entart_kunst/datenbank (EK no.: 10066, only Kirchner, "Stillleben").
Hans Bolliger, E. W. Kornfeld, Ausstellung Künstlergruppe Brücke. Jahresmappen 1906-1912, Bern 1958, p. 15, no. 10.12 (different copy).
Heinz Spielmann (ed.), Die Maler der Brücke. Sammlung Hermann Gerlinger, Stuttgart 1995, pp. 106-107, SHG no. 51-53.
Hermann Gerlinger, Katja Schneider (eds.), Die Maler der Brücke. Inventory catalog Collection Hermann Gerlinger, Halle (Saale) 2005, p. 156, SHG no. 349; p. 297, SHG no. 672; p. 384, SHG no. 846.

The works for the third annual issue in 1908 were still produced without their own cover sheet and found their place in the portfolio designed by Bleyl.
Around the turn of the year 1907/08, the group had changed, but at the same time stabilized. With Nolde and Bleyl leaving, Heckel, Kirchner, Schmidt-Rottluff and Pechstein now formed the core of the group. The first "Brücke" portfolio of 1906 with woodcuts was followed by a second annual portfolio with woodcuts in 1908, which was a clear commitment to this technique. The influence of Art Nouveau and the schematic technique of the surface woodcut of the first portfolio had been overcome. Following the grain, Erich Heckel cuts the depiction of a sailing boat driven by the wind. The movement of the waves and clouds is supported by the structure of the wood, which emphasizes the dramatic spectacle of nature.
Kirchner's "Still Life" with a bouquet of flowers is unusual for his oeuvre at that time. Kirchner assembled three wooden plates with red, green and yellow to form a motif. Lines and surfaces of the three printing blocks are roughly and dynamically cut, some of the contours in different colors appear doubled in the print. Kirchner begins to lay out the structure with green, consolidates the motif with red, and gives the motif a glaze-like lightness with yellow. With this color woodcut, Kirchner shows that he is at the height of the painterly discourse of his time.
Pechstein's contribution to the portfolio, the woodcut "Unsere Frau," was created in Paris. Awarded the Saxon State Prize, he first traveled to Rome at the end of 1907 and spent nine months in Paris from December. The influence of the Parisian art scene is evident in the woodcut with mother and child between two trees of life: his studies of the "Fauves" around Henri Matisse and André Derain, as well as the lasting enthusiasm for Paul Gauguin, who died in 1903 on the Marquesas island of Hiva Oa, would have a lasting impact on the artist. [MvL]



416
Mappenwerk / Portfolio
3. Jahresmappe der Künstlergruppe "Brücke", 1908.
Portfolio with a woodcut by Erich Heckel and a ...
Estimate:
€ 10,000 / $ 9,200
Sold:
€ 32,500 / $ 29,900

(incl. surcharge)