Sale: 428 / Modern Art, Dec. 03./05. 2015 in Munich Lot 261

 
261
Georg Schrimpf
Zwei Frauen mit Kind, 1928.
Oil on canvas
Estimate:
€ 60,000 / $ 66,000
Sold:
€ 85,000 / $ 93.500

(incl. 25% surcharge)
Lot description
Zwei Frauen mit Kind. 1928.
Oil on canvas.
Hofmann/Praeger 1928/2, with color illu. on p. 156. Signed and dated lower right. Once more signed and dated on verso of canvas. 80.5 x 60.5 cm (31.6 x 23.8 in).

Schrimpf's figure pictures from the 1920s count among the most important works in his oeuvre.

PROVENANCE: Private ownership New York.
Leslie Hindman Auctioneers, Chicago, 12 December 1993, lot 348.
Galerie Gunzenhauser, Munich.
Private collection Germany (acquired from previously mentioned in 1994).

EXHIBITION: 25. Westdeutsche Kunstmesse International, Düsseldorf 1994, booth of Galerie Gunzenhauser, Munich.

LITERATURE: Josef Adamiak Georg Schrimpf. Ein Beitrag zum Problem der Malerei der "Neuen Sachlichkeit", Berlin 1961, diploma thesis at Humboldt Universiy Berlin (not released), pp. 35-37 with illu. on p. 46.
Weltkunst. Aktuelle Zeitschrift für Kunst und Antiquitäten, special issue for 25th Westdeutschen Kunstmesse International, Düsseldorf, 64th year, number 3, 1st February 1994, with illu. (no p.).

Essay
The art of Georg Schrimpf unites many sources of influence. On the one hand, the models from German Romanticism, especially those by the Nazarenes, and from Italian Renaissance on the other. However, his works also follow impulses from his contemporaries. Acordingly, his attribution to New Objectivity is not wrong, but not a hundred percent correct, either. In his works, especially in those showing people, Georg Schrimpf created a world characterized by contemplation and backpedaling, something that can not be found anywhere else in the art of these days. He was no friend of the cool and distanced style of New Objectivity. His motifs are carried by a calm and warm sensation that can even be found in still lifes. The group of three in our picture, figuratively to be understood as a "Virgin and Child with Saint Anne", is filled by an intimacy between the people, which, taking the simple forms and the balanced coloring into account, almost has a magic effect on the observer. A clear focus on a simple composition without accessory was crucial to Schrimpf, as it was his only way to realize a maximum of expression. The decent modesty is deceptive, it is the result of an intended reduction for the benefit of a meaningful expression.
261
Georg Schrimpf
Zwei Frauen mit Kind, 1928.
Oil on canvas
Estimate:
€ 60,000 / $ 66,000
Sold:
€ 85,000 / $ 93.500

(incl. 25% surcharge)