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Sale: 424 / Modern Art, June 11./13. 2015 in Munich Lot 208

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Sitzende im Gemach (Linksprofil). Um 1912.
Oil on canvas.
Wohlert 204. Monogrammed lower left. With inscription "Karl Hofer" on canvas. 60.8 x 46 cm (23.9 x 18.1 in). [KD].

Sensitive interpretation of the gracious motif.

PROVENANCE: Alma Mahler-Werfel, Vienna/New York (with inscription "Mahler Coll." on stretcher).
Neue Galerie, Vienna / Galerie St. Etienne, New York (before 1938 - 1989).
Villa Grisebach Berlin, auction 9, 2 June, 1989, cat. no. 67 (with illu.).
Galerie Rosenbach, Hanover (1989).
Private collection North Rhine-Westphalia.

EXHIBITION: Karl Hofer, Schloss Cappenberg, Selm 19 September - 15 December, 1991, cat. no. 181 (with illu. on p. 59).
Karl Hofer. Gemälde und Zeichnungen, Kunstverein Wolfsburg, Schloss Wolfsburg, 19 January - 15 March, 1992, cat. no. 4.

LITERATURE: H. König. Villa Grisebach, Berlin, 2nd June, 1989, in: Weltkunst, 59/1989, no. 10, p. 1526 and no.13, p. 1976.
Zwischen Tradition und Moderne. Galerie Rosenbach, Hanover, catalog 40, September 1989, cat. no. 66, page 55 (with illu.).
Karl Hofer - Theodor Reinhart. Briefwechsel in Auswahl, Berlin 1989, p. 315 (here with title "Mädchen auf Bett sitzend").

In a later phase of his early period of creation Karl Hofer created works with a remarkably mature character and with a closed composition. Entirely relying on the fluent-transparent style, Hofer examined the artistic legacy of his precursors in these works. It is a romantic style, influenced by both late Impressionism as well a by the Old Masters, which has its strength in the mannerism of slender bodies. Karl Hofer works up impressions gained on his journeys through India. With this sensual work he created an example which, supported by the subdued palette of soft colors and without expressive features, deserves its firm position in German modernist painting.
Karl Hofer
Sitzende im Gemach (Linksprofil), Um 1912.
Oil on canvas
€ 40,000 / $ 48,000
€ 62,500 / $ 75.000

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