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Celebrating with Art's Biggest Names

Munich, 30 October, 2012, (kk) Alexej von Jawlensky, Max Liebermann, Roy Lichtenstein and Gerhard Richter to name but a few of the important artists represented with their masterpieces in the 400th auction at Ketterer Kunst on 8 December.


Alexej von Jawlensky - Wasserburg. Oil on board. Around 1906. 27,8 x 52 cm (10.9 x 20.4 in). Estimate: € 200.000-300.000

The focal points will be on

1. Modern Art and 2. Post War / Contemporary Art

On 2. Post War/Contemporary Art


Gerhard Richter
Abstraktes Bild. 1980. Oil on wood. 40,1 x 60 cm (15.7 x 23.6 in)
Estimate: € 350.000-450.000

This section is led by a fulminate and uncompromisingly luminous work by Gerhard Richter. Created in context of the "Abstract Paintings" made as of 1976, the oil painting is part of a radical new beginning that expresses lively and pulsating colors after the period of his "gray paintings". The estimate is at € 350.000-450.000.

Among the top lots is also Emilio Vedova's "Plurimo su binario" from 1977/78. The artwork that moves on rails is an extremely rare piece executed in different techniques and materials, such as wooden boards with iron hinges. It will be called up with an estimate of € 150.000-200.000 .

While Roy Lichtenstein picks out the light effects as central issue of the scene in his "Two Nudes" (estimate: € 150.000-180.000), Pierre Soulages wants to express nothing less than the "overall complexity and richness of life"* with his "Peinture 54 x 56 cm, 30. septembre 1975". The composition manages to impress the observer through its tints of deep black and luminous blue, the free gestures and the structure of partly thick and partly thin paint. The estimate of € 120.000-150.000 seems to be of secondary importance.

Further works come from, among others, Willi Baumeister ("Helle Bewegung 3", estimate: € 100.000-150.000), Damien Hirst ("Beautiful Flora Lunacy Painting", estimate: € 100.000-120.000), Hans Hartung, Karl Otto Götz, Heinz Mack, Ernst Wilhelm Nay and Günther Uecker.

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24-30 Nov. Berlin Ketterer Kunst, Fasanenstr. 70
02-07 Dec. MunichKetterer Kunst, Joseph-Wild-Str. 18

08 December,       Modern Art
                              Post War / Contemporary Art

* Pierre Soulages in a conversation with Charles Juliet, translatioon of quote after 'Künstler Kritisches Lexikon der Gegenwartskunst', vol. 41, issue 7, p.15

Since it was founded in 1954, Ketterer Kunst has been firmly established in the front ranks of auction houses dealing in fine art and rare books, with its headquarters in Munich and a branch in Hamburg. Gallery rooms in Berlin as well as representatives in Heidelberg, Dusseldorf and Modena (Italy) have contributed substantially to the company's success. In addition, exhibitions, special theme and charity auctions as well as online auctions are regular events at Ketterer Kunst. Robert Ketterer is auctioneer and owner of Ketterer Kunst.

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