Sale: 496 / Evening Sale, Dec. 06. 2019 in Munich Lot 115

 
115
Lovis Corinth
Eisbahn im Berliner Tiergarten, 1909.
Oil on canvas
Estimate:
€ 250,000 - 350,000

 
$ 275,000 - 385,000

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Lot description
Eisbahn im Berliner Tiergarten. 1909.
Oil on canvas.
Berend-Corinth 379. Signed and dated in lower right. 66 x 92 cm (25.9 x 36.2 in).

• Joyful Berlin park scene.
• With hints at the artist's expressionist late period of creation.
• Coloring characterized by an expressive radiance consistent with the season.
• Shown at the grand Corinth Retrospective Exhibition in 1996/97
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PROVENANCE: Galerie Arnold, Dresden (1913).
Galerie Thannhauser, Munich (1916).
Galerie Arnold, Dresden (1925).
Collection Blohme, Hamburg (acquired from aforementioned in 1925).
Art trader Malmedé and Geißendörfer, Cologne.
Christie's London October 13, 1994, lot 111.
Private collection, Southern Germany (since 1994).

EXHIBITION: Lovis Corinth. Katalog der Ausstellung des Lebenswerkes von Lovis Corinth, exhibition organized by Paul Cassirer at the premises of the Sezession, January 19 - February 23, 1913, no. 135.
Galerie Arnold, Dresden, Deutsche Malerei des 19. Jahrhunderts, 1925, no. 6 (here dated: 1907).
Kunsthandlung Hugo Perls, Berlin, 1850-1925: 75 Jahre klassische deutsche Malerei, no. 7.
Lovis Corinth - Retrospektive, Haus der Kunst, München, May 4 - June 21, 1996; Nationalgalerie Berlin, Augus 2 - October 20, 1996; Saint Louis Art Museum, November 14, 1996 - January 26, 1997; Tate Gallery, London, February 20 - May 4, 1997.

LITERATURE: Georg Biermann, Lovis Corinth, Bielefeld 1913, p. 80 and p. 76, illu. 81 (here dated: 1907) and ownership note of Galerie Arnold, Dresden).
Catalog of Moderne Galerie Thannhauser München, 1916, p. 105 (with illu.).
Will Grohmann, Dresden, in: Der Cicerone. Halbmonatsschrift für die Interessen des Kunstforschers & Sammlers — 17.1925, issue 23, pp. 1140f. (here dated: 1907).
Paul Schumann, Deutsche Malerei des 19. Jahrhunderts. Exhibition of Galerie Arnold, Dresden, in: Die Kunst für alle: Malerei, Plastik, Graphik, Architektur — 41.1925-1926, p. 164 (here dated: 1907).
Robert Bertrand, Lovis Corinth, Paris 1940, no. 5 ("Patinage"; here dated: 1905).
Thomas Corinth, Lovis Corinth. Eine Dokumentation, Tübingen 1979, p. 87.
Christie’s London, October 13, 1994, lot 111.
Walter Benjamin, Berliner Chronik, new edition Berlin 2016, color illu. (title).
"One of the rare examples of the artist's landscape painting": "the swiftly executed impressionistic 'Eisbahn'" - Georg Biermann, 1913.

Called up: December 6, 2019 - ca. 17.28 h +/- 20 min.

Essay
"The flags! That’s a special field! Whenever there were flags, he was quick to paint them. Even back in Horst when we met, it seemed unusual and a little quaint when he began to fancy the flags flying here and there" Charlotte Berend-Corinth recalls (quote after: C. Berend-Corinth, Mein Leben mit Lovis Corinth, Munich 1960, p. 66f.). She probably came across the painting "Der Neue See im Berliner Tiergarten" (1908, Kunsthalle Mannheim) with the boat rental, the boat house and the flags that her husband painted in Berlin in the summer of 1908. Or she saw the "Eisbahn im Berliner Tiergarten", which Corinth painted in 1909 at her art trader Heinrich Thannhauser. Corinth didn’t have to walk far from his studio on Klopstockstraße to the popular tavern on the lake to perhaps enjoy a beer at the boat house, to jot down a few notes and make sketches of the events on the lake – rowing boats in summer and ice skaters in winter. The Große Tiergarten has a long history. Initially laid out as hunting grounds outside the city’s walls in the 16\up6 th century, Frederick the Great remodeled the premises in the early 1740s and turned it into a baroque pleasure garden for the public. In 1818 king Frederick William III of Prussia, in return, commissioned the young Peter Joseph Lenné, at that point still fellow of the gardening guild in Sanssouci, to create a landscape park in the style of English parks. The concept of the great Prussian garden artist, which was realized between 1833 and 1839, has basically been preserved up until today: The Tiergarten is Berlin’s green lung and the center of the city. Today Tiergarten still is the same popular recreational destination as it has always been. Corinth shows the pier with the wooden huts and the skirting along the banks of the Neuer See in the colors of the German empire from a slightly different perspective. The boats have been stored away, the frozen lake allows the skaters to enjoy their pastime. And just as it is the case with the painting "Der Neue See im Berliner Tiergarten" Corinth also devotes attention to the flags in this work, however, they are a little smaller and placed like a girland across the ice. Next to the four black, white and red flags of the German Empire, Switzerland, France and the United States are suggested, too. It obviously is a very cold day. Corinth sees the grayish sky in a slightly reddish tone, black-brown leafless trees stand against the sky, The ice is strong, a couple slides across the gray white surface, other skaters practice figures in the background. Winter landscapes with ice skaters by Pieter Breughel the Elder from the 16\up6 th century come to mind. Corinth knows these motifs well and enjoys the vivid and lighthearted goings-on, he tells the story of his encounters on the frozen lake in an expressive pictorial gesture with a swift brushstroke and the typical intensity of colors. [MvL]
 


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