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Sale: 449 / Modern Art, June 10. 2017 in Munich Lot 117000054

 
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Ronmay. 1917.
Oil on canvas.
Soika 1917/92. Lower left monogrammed and dated. Verso titled and inscribed"(Palau". 75.5 x 59.5 cm (29.7 x 23.4 in).

This very rare South Sea picture, quite sought after on the international auction market, shows Romnay, the daughter of a chief, whom Pechstein met on Palau in 1914. Even years later the artist felt inspired to write the erotic account "Ronmay mit der Hibiskusblüte". His memories of their painting session were pubished in 1927..

PROVENANCE: Wolfgang Gurlitt, Berlin (before 1921-1929?; according to the statement signed by Wolfgang Gurlitt in context of the dispute with Pechstein on 16 March 1923, the painting was on the list of 14 works which Gurlitt was entitled to keep as his "unverkäufliches Privat-Eigentum" (unsalable private property) corresponding the agreement from 7 March 1923).
Joseph von Sternberg, Hollywood (acquired in an art shop in Berlin in ca. 1929 (according to the auction catalog of Parke-Bernet Galleries from 1949 Sternberg acquired the painting at Galerie Thannhauser in Berlin, however, it is more likely that he bought it from Wolfgang Gurlitt, cf. Soika vol. I, p. 125) - sold through Parke-Bernet Galleries, New York in 1949).
German art trade (around 1960).
Private collection Hirschberg/Großsachsen, Baden-Württemberg (ca. 1960 - ca. 1971).
Private collection Berlin (inherited from aforementioned - since in family possession).

EXHIBITION: Max Pechstein, part II: Bilder aus Palau, Kunstsalon Fritz Gurlitt, 16 July - 1st September 1918, no. 53.
Catalog of an exhibition in context of 'Potsdamer Kunstsommer' in 1921, Potsdam Kunstverein e.V., with the support of the City of Potsdam, orangery of Park Sanssouci, June - September 1921, no. 111 (verso with the label).
Private Collection Josef von Sternberg, Los Angeles Museum of History, Science and Art, Los Angeles 16 June - 31st July 1935, no. cat (cf. Soika vol. II, p. 86).
The Collection of Josef von Sternberg, Los Angeles County Museum, May - 5 September 1943.
Exhibition of Paintings and Drawings from the Josef von Sternberg Collection, Loan by Mr. Josef von Sternberg, Hollywood California, The Arts Club of Chicago, 1st - 27 November 1946, no. 18.
Barbara Lülf, Die Suche nach dem Ursprüglichen, in: Max Pechstein. Sein malerisches Werk, Brücke Museum Berlin, 22 Septemer 1996 - 1st January 1997; Kunsthalle Tübingen, 11 January - 6 April 1997; Kunsthalle Kiel, 27 April - 15 June 1997.
Aya Soika: Ein Südseeinsulaner in Berlin, in: Die Brücke in der Südsee, Exotik der Farbe, Saarlandmuseum Saarbrücken, 22 October 2005 - 8 January 2006, black and white illu. 41 on p. 74.

LITERATURE: Georg Biermann, Max Pechstein, in: der Cicerone, year 10, 1918, issue 17/18, black and white illu. before p. 263 (title: "Romnay" [sic!]).
Georg Biermann, Max Pechstein (= Junge Kunst, vol. 1), Leipzig 1919, black and white illu., no. p. (title Romnay, Palau" [sic!]).
Georg Biermann, Max Pechstein (= Junge Kunst, vol. 1), Leipzig 1920, 2nd edition with different images, black and white illu without p. (title: "Romnay, Palau" [sic!]).
Collection of Josef von Sternberg. Modern paintings and drawings. Notable modern sculptures. African and Asiatic primitive sculptures and bronzes, Parke-Bernet Galleries, New York, auction 22 November 1949, lot 74 (with label on stretcher).
Josef von Sternberg: Das Blau des Engels. Eine Autobiographie, Munich/Paris/London 1991, black and white illu. 60 (a photo from the 1930s that shows Sternberg with the Pechstein paintings in his collection, "Ronmay can be seen in upper right" ).
Barbara Lülf, Die Suche nach dem Ursprünglichen, in: Max Pechstein. Sein malerisches Werk, Brücke Museum, Berlin 22 September 1996 - 1st January 1997; Kunsthalle Tübingen, 11 January - 6 April 1997; Kunsthalle Kiel, 27 April - 15 June 1997, black and white illu. 17 on p. 95.
Aya Soika, Ein Südseeinsulaner in Berlin, in: Die Brücke in der Südsee. Exotik der Farbe, Saarlandmuseum, Saarbrücken, 22 October 2005 - 8 January 2006, black and white illu. 41, p. 74.
Aya Soika, Max Pechstein. Das Werkverzeichnis der Ölgemälde, vol. I, p. 68, with illu. 3.11.

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117000054
Hermann Max Pechstein
Ronmay, 1917.
Oil on canvas
Estimate: € 200,000 / $ 216,000
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