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Sale: 489 / Evening Sale, June 07. 2019 in Munich Lot 110

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Knabe in der Tram. 1912.
Oil on canvas , doubled.
Hünecke 1912-54. Vogt 1912-19. Signed and dated in the left centre . 87 x 69 cm (34.2 x 27.1 in).

PROVENANCE: Kunstsalon Ludwig Schames, Frankfurt am Main (1921).
Collection Dr. Friedrich A. Wöhler, Kassel (until 1957).
Galerie Wilhem Grosshennig, Düsseldorf (1958).
Collection F. W. Schlesinger, Hamburg (ab 1958).
Private collection North Rhine-Westphalia (since 1976 ).

EXHIBITION: Erich Heckel und Otto Mueller, Kunstsalon Ludwig Schames, Frankfurt am Main, September 1921.
Erich Heckel, Galerie Wilhem Grosshennig, Düsseldorf March 1 - March 28, 1958, no. 6 (here titled: Knabe in der Straßenbahn).
Von der Heydt-Museum, Wuppertal (permanent loan 2010-2015).
Erich Heckel in der Kunstsammlung Chemnitz, Museum Gunzenhauser, January 17 - April 17, 2016 (color illu. on cover and in the invitation card) (permanent loan 2015-2018).

LITERATURE: Stuttgarter Kunstkabinett 30, 1957, no. 307
Galerie Allervy, Tegernsee, August 1970
Hauswedell & Nolte 193, June 1973, no. 605.
"Heckel's art lies quiet, it has a very deep and pious sense that is more of a subtle echo or rather the resonance of what one at first feels in front of the canvas. Inittially he deters you, later he captures you even stronger." Franz Marc about Erich Heckel, 1912

The spectrum of colors in Heckel’s oeuvre changed crucially with his experiences and impressions of the metropolis Berlin. Simultaneously his choice of subjects changed fundamentally. The artist adds next to landscapes and still lives more diverse interpretative levels to his paintings which are often concealed with seemingly trivial titles. The question now is whether the present work was intended to allude to the train ride mentioned in chapter I of Dostojewski’s novel ‘The Idiot’, which Heckel interpreted in a series of paintings. However, this work is definitely characterized by a remarkably striking intensity. Erich Heckels achieved in our painting a serious tone which decisively impacted his entire oeuvre. Furthermore, it is a great example of what importance the Berlin years had for the development and choice of content, color, and form. Both the unique choice of colors and the tension-laden calmness point to the new path the artist set out to pursue in 1912. A year of key importance for Heckel’s artistic development towards a truly personal signature style. This striking painting had been in a private German collection for more than 40 years. "Knabe in der Tram" was first exhibited in 2010 at the Von der Heydt Museum in Wuppertal. Between 2010 and 2016 it was on permanent loan at the Museum Gunzenhauser in Chemnitz.
Erich Heckel
Knabe in der Tram, 1912.
Oil on canvas
Post auction sale: € 150,000 / $ 169,500

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