Sale: 533 / Modern Art Day Sale and Gerlinger Collection, Dec. 10. 2022 in Munich Lot 510

 

510
Christian Rohlfs
Der Onkel, 1928.
Tempera on canvas
Estimate:
€ 50,000 - 70,000

 
$ 49,500 - 69,300

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Der Onkel. 1928.
Tempera on canvas.
Vogt 717. Barely legibly monogrammed in lower right. Once more signed, titled and inscribed with the location on the reverse. 100.5 x 59 cm (39.5 x 23.2 in).
The date mentioned by Vogt in the catalog raisonneé is just barely visible. With a stamp on the stretcher's reverse.
• A scene in warm hues that emanates closeness and intimacy.
• The year it was made it was shown in public and featured in many exhibiitons during the artist's lifetime.
• Works by the artist can be found in many acclaimed collections, among them the Museum of Modern Art, New York, and the Louvre in Paris
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PROVENANCE: Christian-Rohlfs-Museum (since 1934: Städtisches Museum - Haus der Kunst), Hagen (until 1937).
State-owned (confiscated from the above in context of the 'degenerate art' campaign in 1937 , EK no. 14186).
Bernhard A. Böhmer, Güstrow (obtained from the above in an exchnage in 1940, until 1945).
Wilma Zelck, Rostock, Berlin, Hamburg (since 1945, estate administration of the above).
Peter B. Böhmer, Hamburg (obtained from the above in 1953/54, until 1959: Stuttgarter Kunstkabinett, November 20/21, 1959).
Private collection North Rhine-Westphalia (acquired from the above in 1959).
Private collection Northern Germany.

EXHIBITION: 96. Große Kunstausstellung, Kunstverein Hanover, 1928, cat. no. 284.
Christian Rohlfs. Gemälde, Aquarelle, Galerie Ferdinand Möller, 1929, issue 2, cat. no. 10.
Christian Rohlfs, Museumsverein Duisburg, 1929, cat. no. 35 (here dated 1925).
Christian Rohlfs, Schleswig-Holsteinischer Kunstverein, Kunsthalle Kiel, 1930, cat. no. 27.
Entartete Kunst, Städtische Galerie, Nuremberg, September 7-21, 1935.
Entartete Kunst, Haus der Kunst, Dortmund, November 11 - December 8, 1935.
Christian Rohlfs, Kunstverein für die Rheinlande und Westfalen, Kunsthalle Düsseldorf, April 12 - May 15, 1960, cat. no. 81 (here dated 1924).

LITERATURE: www.geschkult.fu-berlin.de/e/db_entart_kunst/datenbank (EK no.: 14186).
Stuttgarter Kunstkabinett Roman Norbert Ketterer, 34th auction, Stuttgart, November 21, 1959, lot 807 (here dated 1924, with illu. plate 101).
Villa Grisebach, 179th auction, Berlin, November 25-27, 2010, lot 37 (with illu.).
Meike Hoffmann (ed.), Ein Händler "entarteter" Kunst. Bernhard A. Böhmer und sein Nachlass, Berlin 2010, cat. no. II.372.

Called up: December 10, 2022 - ca. 18.56 h +/- 20 min.

Christian Rohlfs, born in 1849, was almost 80 years old when he painted "Der Onkel“ (The Uncle). Despite his old age, his late creative period from 1927 to 1938 is characterized by a painting style of great expressiveness and mostly strong colors. Repeatedly, the works of this decade of his life have been described as the essence of his artistic creativity, which steadily evolved from influences of Realism and Impressionism through Expressionism to his characteristic style of the late period. In his pair of figures of uncle and child, warm, earthy tones predominate, and yet the artist's expressive, late painting style can be clearly seen here. Rohlfs developed the motif from the network of lines in impasto application of paint and with numerous, superimposed brushstrokes, finally highlighting individual parts in bright red. Although the two figures are clearly recognizable, they also appear to be dissolving at the same time. A confusing game between the comprehensible and the incomprehensible begins to unfold, which is also continued in the pair of figures, who turn to each other in trust. It seems as if the full attention lies on the relationship between the two figures. The old man, leaning on a walking stick, gazes at the child at his feet, who turns its head towards the uncle. But the doll with dark, demonic eyes in the child's arms looks beyond the picture, involving the environment in the action. It is difficult to interpret its expression and the role it plays in the constellation of figures. It appears all too human and reinforces the effect of Christian Rohlf's portraits, which Paul Vogt described in 1958 as follows: "His peasants and strollers, crooks, lovers, dancers and acrobats seem to come from an in-between world - half fairy tale, half reality." (Paul Vogt, Christian Rohlfs, Recklinghausen 1958, p. 10). The painting "Der Onkel" also skillfully plays with this quiet ambivalence, and keeps the viewer’s imagination engaged with deciphering the real and the imaginary. [AR]



 

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