A Favor for € 25,000
Hamburg (kk) -- The little drawing by Pablo Picasso executed for the cover
of Jaime Sabartés's "Las meninas y la vida" was just supposed to
be a favor. Now, carrying an estimate of € 20,000-25,000, it is
to go under the hammer at the Ketterer Kunst auction of Modern Art
& Post-War to be held on October 27 and 28, 2006, at
Meßberghof 1 in Hamburg.
drawing in colored chalks, bearing
the title "Vieux roi couronné'
["Old Crowned King"] was spontaneously
on February 4, 1970. With colors that have remained vibrant and fresh
and an extraordinary lightness of handling, it is utterly captivating.
The assured handling of line and the original approach to incorporating
the text attest to Pablo Picasso’s
professionalism and make
this work so special.
forthcoming Ketterer Kunst auction, which for the first time is
exclusively devoted to modern and contemporary art as well as art after
1945, more than 1000 objects carrying estimates of up to €
50,000 are to be called.
place goes to the 1946 Emil Nolde
watercolor "Seestück mit
["Marine Piece with Sailing Boat"], which
with an estimate of € 40,000-50,000. Entirely carried by the
vibrancy of the colors, this composition measuring 22. 4 x 27 cm
reveals a new side of the North Sea in a superlatively sensuous palette
of orange and yellows.
Another top work is Ernst Wilhelm
Nay’s "Dans la
the Country"]. Carrying an estimate of €
20,000-30,000, this 1947 gouache is closely linked to the oil painting
same title which is in the Wilhelm-Lehmbruck-Museum in Duisburg. Nay is
represented by 30 other works with estimates ranging between €
400 and € 15,000.
A work that is bound to make tension mount in the auction room is an Emil Filla still life in oils, "Stillleben mit Stierschädel, Flasche und Buch" ["Still Life with Steer Skull, Bottle and Book"].
Carrying an estimate of € 20,000-30,000, it was probably done in
the mid 1930s, when the artist was at the height of his powers at
creating the perfect synthesis of composition, color and texture.
In a tranquil landscape Heinrich Nauen wanted to delve to the roots of human existence.
The 1904 Nauen oil painting "Alter Mann und junges Mädchen im Garten" ["Old Man and Young Girl in a Garden"] attests to this intention. Alongside another Nauen oil painting, "Weiße und gelbe Gladiolen" ["White and Yellow Gladiolas"]: estimate € 12,000-15,000), it is to go under the hammer for € 20,000-23,000.
Heading the sculpture section is an early
(1932) work by Arno Breker in bronze. The Breker
[Reveries] carries an estimate of
Next to it, a 1948 Karl Hartung
plaster figure with a light grey patina entitled "Kleine
Liegende mit aufgestütztem Kopf" ["Small
Figure Supporting Her Head on Her Hands"] is
reminiscent of Pablo Picasso’s
Classical period. What makes it so appealing is the sharp contrast
between the dramatic showcasing of the physical aspect and the calm,
markedly classical profile. This work carries an estimate of €
The debate on fundamentls carried out
between the old and the new avant-garde is what Jörg
Immendorff’s "Hutmuseum (Lamm)"
["Hat Museum (Lamb)"] is all about. This
in acrylic of his teacher, Joseph Beuys (estimate:
€ 15,000-20,000), can also be viewed as the artist’s
on how he found out where he stood.
only 19.2 x 11.3
cm, a Max Liebermann drawing in pastels over pencil
€ 10,000-15,000), "Spaziergänger
Tiergarten" [Strolling in the
Tiergarten], done c 1920/25, might be a
for the sequence of Liebermann paintings dealing with this motif.
About ten years later, Jeanne
Mammen also set her scenes of urban petit bourgeoisie and
parvenu pleasures in Berlin. Her "Vor der
Theaterkasse" ["At the Ticket Window"]
in pen and ink washed with watercolor is part of the complex of works
the artist produced between 1928 and 1933, when she was at the height
of her powers, a body of work that has ensured her lasting fame. Here
the estimate has been set at € 9,000-12,000.
If it is your lucky day, you
might be able to acquire Martin Kippenbergers "Papa
Balla – Mamma Balla"
for the paltry sum of € 7,000-8,000. At least that’s
estimate for this 1992 collage of various kinds of paper, watercolor
and ballpoint pen.
Of course works by Horst Janssen,
a scion of the
city, cannot be missing from any auction held in his native Hamburg.
The highlights of nearly 20 Janssen works to be sold include a
(estimate: € 8,000-10,000), a color woodcut "Affen
auf Samt" ["Apes on Velvet"] (estimate:
€ 4,500-5,500) and, notably, a 1991 work suggestively entitled
Picture"] (estimate: € 8,000-2,000).
Janssen lent this erotic work in watercolor and India ink an aesthetic
aura grounded both in his superlative draughtsmanly skill and brilliant
handling of sudden brainstorms that incorporates the felicities of
Pre-sales viewings of
all works are scheduled for the following dates and times in Hamburg:
October 12-14 11 am-5 pm
October 23-25 11 am -5 pm
October 26 by appointment
Ketterer Kunst, Am Meßberg 1
Selected works will also be
shown in Munich:
October 18-20 11 am-5 pm
Ketterer Kunst, Prinzregentenstr. 61
Since it was founded in 1954,
Ketterer Kunst has been
firmly established in the front ranks of auction houses dealing in art
and rare books. While the Munich headquarters in the
Prinz-Alfons-Palais is responsible for the two traditional annual
auctions of Modern Art & Post War, the
Meßberghof in Hamburg is the venue for two auctions a year,
each based on the following fields: Old
and More Recent Masters/Marine Art and Rare Books - Autographs -
Manuscripts - Decorative Prints as well as Modern Art & Post War,
with a focus on works on paper. In addition, exhibitions, special
auctions and benefit auctions for charity are regular events at
Hamburg, October 11,2006