Selbstporträt an der Staffelei. 1928. Oil on cardboard with canvas structure, doubled. Upper right monogrammed and dated. 95.8 x 73.5 cm (37.7 x 28.9 in) , visible area.
This work is one of Meidner's important self-portraits, which play a key role in his graphic and pictorial creation throughout his entire artist life. At the same time it is one of the rare paintings from the 1920s during which Meidner put increased focus on painting and drawing. We are grateful to Erik Riedel, Ludwig Meidner-Archive, Jüdisches Museum Frankfurt, for his kind support in cataloging this lot.
PROVENANCE: Saalbau-Galerie, Darmstadt (before 1991). Galerie Netaschul, Darmstadt (with label on frame covering). Ketterer Kunst, Munich, 293rd auction, May 12, 2005, cat. no. 76 Private collection USA (acquired from aforementioned).
EXHIBITION: Ludwig Meidner. Zeichner, Maler, Literat 1884-1966. Mathildenhöhe, Darmstadt, September 15 - December 1, 1991, p. 509 ( there dated "um 1925"). Salander-O'Reilly Galleries, New York (with label on frame covering).
"In earlier days [..] I sat in front of the mirror almost every day and portayed my meager, badly shaven cheeks and the belonging head [..] and I became so involved with it that i eventually became well-known as the self-portrait man [..]" Ludwig Meidner, Selbstporträt in grober Manier, quote from: L. Meidner. Ex. cat. Mathildenhöhe, Darmstadt September 15 - December 1, 1991, p. 403.