Sale: 428 / Modern Art, Dec. 03./05. 2015 in Munich Lot 270

 
270
Georg Schrimpf
Mädchen vor Seelandschaft, 1923.
Oil on canvas
Estimate:
€ 60,000 / $ 66,000
Sold:
€ 81,250 / $ 89.375

(incl. 25% surcharge)
Lot description
Mädchen vor Seelandschaft. 1923.
Oil on canvas.
Hofmann/Praeger 1923/15 with color illu. on p. 124. Signed and dated lower right. 60 x 91.5 cm (23.6 x 36 in).
Verso of stretcher and on stretcher with several stamps "Städtische Kunstsammlungen Nürnberg. Lorenzerstraße 32", as well as with inscription "Gm. 2149" on canvas and on stretcher.
Schrimpf's reduced figure compositions count among the artist's most sought-after paintings on the international auction market.

PROVENANCE: Städtische Kunstsammlungen, Nuremberg (verso and on stretcher with address stamp).
Galerie Gunzenhauser, Munich.
Private collection Germany.

EXHIBITION: Die Zwanziger Jahre in München. Stadtmuseum München, May - September 1979, no. 707.
Vom Expressionismus über die Neue Sachlichkeit zum Informel, Galerie Gunzenhauser, München 11 September - 31 October 1978 (with color illu. and leaflet of exhibition with the title "Mädchen in einer Landschaft").

LITERATURE: Carlo Carrà, Georg Schrimpf, Rome 1924, with illu. (with title "Au bord du Lac de Zürich").
Stuttgarter Kunst Kabinett. Roman Norbert Ketterer, auction 32, 1958, cat. no. 998 with illu. on plate Tafel 50 (with title "Ruhendes Mädchen vor weiter Landschaft (im Hintergrund Zürichsee)).
Galerie Gunzenhauser, inventory catalog, no. 36, Munich 1978, with color illu.

Essay
People in Georg Schrimpf's works seem to be in a sort of dream world. Their connection with reality is only pretended. As isolated as Schrimpf embeds his figures into the surroundings, as introvert and mysterious is their charisma. It is a very special atmosphere that Georg Schrimpf brings to life in his works. He said about this: "As far as kind and character of my art is concerned, I can only say one thing: My art is in no way subject to any program whatsoever. Everything I want to achieve with my pictures is solely dedicated to life; the way it goes despite all coincidence. I strive for simplicity and clarity as fundamental features, believing to find the inner value of things." (Quote after: Wolfgang Storch, Georg Schrimpf - Maria Uhden, Berlin 1985, p. 162). The iconography of reclined people in a landscape goes back to Renaissance, initially with a notion of mythology, later with an erotic notion. Schrimpf, however, brings out what moves his figures deep inside in a simple and natural posture. The landscape is just a means of intention. Lake and mountain rest like the figures do, only the small tree with its fine branches suggests renewal and change
270
Georg Schrimpf
Mädchen vor Seelandschaft, 1923.
Oil on canvas
Estimate:
€ 60,000 / $ 66,000
Sold:
€ 81,250 / $ 89.375

(incl. 25% surcharge)