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Sale: 468 / Modern Art I, June 09. 2018 in Munich Lot 714

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Maria. 1942 /43.
Zinccast Sculpture patinated with black-brown silver alloying.
Berger 187. With monogram in ligature on front of base. With foundry mark "H. Noack Berlin" on the side of the base. One of two casts made during the artist's lifetime. 90.3 x 26 x 27 cm (35.5 x 10.2 x 10.6 in).
Cast by art foundry Hermann Noack, Berlin in 1944.
The second cast, which Kolbe also had cast by the foundry Hermann Noack, Berlin in 1944, used to be part of the artist's estate. Today it is in possession of the Georg-Kolbe-Museum, Berlin.
Additionally, 1 or 2 more bronzes of the "Maria" were cast posthumously.
Very rare. One of just two casts made during the artist's lifetime. The other copy in zinc cast is in possession of the Georg-Kolbe-Museum, Berlin..
With an expertise from Dr. Ursel Berger dated 2 April 2016.

PROVENANCE: Private collection North Rhine-Westphalia (obtained directly from the artist, with original proof of purchase from May 16, 1944, signed by the artist).

"Taking the sensitivity of zinc casts into account, this sculpture is in an excellent state of preservation."
From Dr. Ursel Berger's expertise from April 2, 2016

Georg Kolbe's later sculptures are dominated by a physicalness that shows the influence of the contemporary taste. Echoes from earlier works still sound, however, the formation of the body shapes shows Kolbe's tendency towards monumentality, as the consolidated extremities of this standing figure deliver proof of. Apart from its suggested classic Contrapposto, it is not subject to any other form of motion. Everything is treated rather summarically, for instance the details of the extremities. This plays to the strive for monumentality which Georg Kolbe began to pursue from the early 1930s on. Physicalness dominates and becomes sole bearer of expression. Voluminous and sensual aspects are avoided in order to put pure physicalness at the center of attention.
Georg Kolbe
Maria, 1942/43.
€ 30,000 / $ 33,900
€ 50,000 / $ 56.499

(incl. 25% surcharge)

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