Pflänzchen im Wald. 1910. Oil on canvas relined on canvas. Vriesen 176. Heiderich 212. Verso of stretcher with estate stamp, inscribed with the artist's name, title and catalog raisonné number "V. 176" by a hand other than that of the artist. 43 x 49 cm (16.9 x 19.2 in).
We are grateful to Ursula Heiderich for her kind support in cataloging this lot.
PROVENANCE: From the artist's estate (1957). Private ownership Frankfurt a.M. Aenne Abels, Cologne (1966). Collection Helmut Horten. Private ownership Rhineland.
LITERATURE: Ursula Heiderich, August Macke, Ostfildern, 2008, pp.18 ff.
August Macke read Arthur Schopenhauer‘s "The World as Will and Representation" while he was still a student in Düsseldorf. Macke adapted Schopenhauer‘s idea of the artist as the achiever of the 'world‘s will'. Accordingly, it is the artist‘s duty to display the quest for perfection of mankind, animals and plants, impaired by the rigor of existence, as pure and unharmed in his artworks. In this work the sprouting plants are characterized by a robust vigor and clear and unharmed form, despite the barren and hard soil. This idea of the world, rendered in Tegernsee in 1910, would remain decisive for August Macke‘s pictures, making it a very clear manifestation of his concept of the world.