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Sale: 459 / Modern Art I, Dec. 09. 2017 in Munich Lot 609

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Blick in den Wannseegarten. Um 1920.
Color Pastel.
Signed in lower right. On firm brownish paper. 25.8 x 34.8 cm (10.1 x 13.7 in) , the full sheet.
This work presumably served as model for the painting "Die Blumenterrasse im Wannseegarten und der große Rasen nach Osten" (Eberle 1920/24).
Summery bright view of the famous garden on Wannsee.
This work’s authenticity has kindly been confirmed orally by Drs. Margreet Nouwen, Berlin. The work will be included into the forthcoming catalog raisonné of works on paper.

PROVENANCE: Collection Bruno and Sadie Adriani, Berlin and Monterey/California (the jurist and art collector Bruno Adriani was active as lawyer in Potsdam as of 1910. Over the years he compiled an extensive collections of paintings. After his move to Geneva at the end of 1930s and his emigration in 1936 he bequeathed a large part to the Fine Arts Museum of San Francisco in the 1960s).
Rose Marie Chamberlin, Los Angeles (inherited from aforementioned).
Private collection Los Angeles (gifted from aforementioend between 1985 and 1989).

LITERATURE: Cf. Jenns Eric Howoldt and Uwe M. Schneede (editors), Im Garten von Max Liebermann, ex. cat. Hamburger Kunsthalle, 11 June - 26 September 2004 / Alte Nationalgalerie, Berlin, 12 October 2004- 9 January 2005, Bonn/Berlin 2004.
"That corner of the world smiles for me more than anywhere else.. (ille terrarum mihi praeter omnes angulus ridet..)" In 1921 Liebermann used the words from Horace's 6th ode to describe his summer house on Wannsee, which was his retreat from the bustling metropolis Berlin (cf. J. E. Howoldt, in: Im Garten von Max Liebermann, Bonn/Berlin 2004, p.11)

Liebermann‘s tremendous graphic skills and his technical perfection become particularly obvious in this pastel. This work captures all the beauty of the view onto the garden on Wannsee, which opened up from his house down to the lake. The bold lines in the tree‘s foliage are proof of Liebermann‘s spontaneous act of capturing this happy moment in the beloved garden of his summer residence. Max Liebermann‘s paintings and pastels of his famous garden on Wannsee mark the heyday of German impressionist landscape painting at the beginning of the first half of the twentieth century. Max Liebermann, along with Corinth and Slevogt, created the very accomplishments, which, next to the art of Expressionism and New Objectivity, are the art-historically most relevant documents of German art from these decades of transition.[KD]
Max Liebermann
Blick in den Wannseegarten, Um 1920.
€ 60,000 / $ 67,800
€ 102,500 / $ 115.824

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