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Sale: 459 / Modern Art I, Dec. 09. 2017 in Munich Lot 624

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Mann und Weibchen. 1912.
Schiefler/Mosel/Urban H 111 III (of III). Signed. One of ca. 7 copies. On soft wove paper. 29.3 x 38.2 cm (11.5 x 15 in). Sheet 29,3 x 28,2 cm ( 11,5 x 15 in).

PROVENANCE: Private collection Baden-Württemberg.

EXHIBITION: Emil Nolde. Mensch Natur Mythos, Museum der Moderne auf dem Mönchsberg, Salzburg 29 October 2011 - 5 February 2012. (Different copy).

Emil Nolde developed an interest in the South Seas and its aboriginal people even before his journey to the region in 1913-1915. He made numerous sketches of masks and figures showcased at the Berlin Museum of Ethnology. This was also the heyday of "human zoos", ethnological expositions displaying natives from 'exotic' regions of the world. One of the biggest shows was Hagenbeck's "Größte Indische Völkerschau", which had a guest performance on Tempelhofer Feld in Berlin in 1912. Emil Nolde's primary source of inspiration can only be suspected, however, a deep interest in this field is obvious. He also used the motif of our woodcut "Mann und Weibchen" for the painting of the same name "Mann und Weibchen" (Urban 515), which was expropriated as degenerate from the Museum Folkwang in 1937. Today the painting is considered lost. The woodcut emanates the couple's suspenseful closeness stronger than the painting, as it puts the corresponding lines in the foreground. [EH]
Emil Nolde
Mann und Weibchen, 1912.
€ 18,000 / $ 21,600
€ 32,500 / $ 39.000

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