Sale: 554 / Modern Art Day Sale, June 08. 2024 in Munich Lot 121002691


121002691
Erich Heckel
Brunnen in Rom, 1909.
WatercolorWatercolor
Estimate:
€ 15,000 - 20,000

 
$ 16,050 - 21,400

Information on buyer's premium, taxation and resale right compensation will be available four weeks before the auction.
Brunnen in Rom. 1909.
WatercolorWatercolor.
Lower right signed and dated. Once more signed and dated as well as titled on the reverse. On light gray laid paper. 42.5 x 34.5 cm (16.7 x 13.5 in), the full sheet.


• Masterfully executed display of light and shadow.
• With great ease and spontaneity, Erich Heckel captured the atmosphere of an evening in Italy, allowing the color effect to take precedence over the urban motif.
• Comparably powerful watercolors from Heckel's trip to Italy in 1909, which carry the light of the south, can be found in the Brücke Museum in Berlin.
• For the first time offered on the international auction market (source: artprice.com)
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The work is registered 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.

PROVENANCE: Erich Heckel Estate.
Hermann Gerlinger Collection, Würzburg (with the collector's stamp, Lugt 6032).

EXHIBITION: Erich Heckel 1883-1970. Aquarelle, Zeichnungen, Ausstellung zum 100. Geburtstag des Malers, Städtische Galerie, Würzburg, July 3 - September 11, 1983, cat. no. 9 (fig.).
Schleswig-Holsteinisches Landesmuseum, Schloss Gottorf, Schleswig (permanent loan from the Hermann Gerlinger Collection, 1995-2001).
Kunstmuseum Moritzburg, Halle an der Saale (permanent loan from the Hermann Gerlinger Collection, 2001-2017).
Expressiv! Die Künstler der Brücke. Die Sammlung Hermann Gerlinger, Albertina Vienna, June 1 - August 26, 2007, pp. 128 f. cat. no. 74 (fig.)
Buchheim Museum, Bernried (permanent loan from the Hermann Gerlinger Collection, 2017-2022).).

LITERATURE: Erich Heckel zum 90. Geburtstag. Gemälde, Aquarelle, Zeichnungen, Graphik, Galerie Roman Norbert Ketterer, Campione d'Italia 1973, cat. no. 21.
Heinz Spielmann (ed.), Die Maler der Brücke. Sammlung Hermann Gerlinger, Stuttgart 1995, p.176, SHG no. 200 (color illu.).
Hermann Gerlinger, Katja Schneider (eds.), Die Maler der Brücke. Inventory catalog Hermann Gerlinger Collection, Halle (Saale) 2005, p. 166, SHG no. 374 (color illu.).

In his watercolor from 1909, Erich Heckel captured the atmosphere of an evening in Italy with great effortlessness and spontaneity, allowing the color effect to dominate the urban motif. Houses and fountains glow in the warm yellow and orange surrounded by contrasting blue and black, so typical of the works he made in Italy. The motif dissolves almost entirely into the color surfaces without any specific perspective, demonstrating Erich Heckel's early sense of expressive and free use of watercolors.
He remained dedicated to this important technique well into his old age and continued to develop it through various creative phases. For the young artist in particular, watercolor offered the perfect prerequisites needed to achieve the immediacy of expression sought by the "Brücke" artists. Bright, unmixed colors, applied in sweeping brushstrokes and with strong contrasts that determine the composition are considered a special feature of his early watercolors. To this day, they are impressive testimonies to a carefree and boisterous phase in the artist's work. [AR]



121002691
Erich Heckel
Brunnen in Rom, 1909.
WatercolorWatercolor
Estimate:
€ 15,000 - 20,000

 
$ 16,050 - 21,400

Information on buyer's premium, taxation and resale right compensation will be available four weeks before the auction.