Sale: 496 / Evening Sale, Dec. 06. 2019 in Munich Lot 118

Karl Hofer
Tropisches Bad, Um 1913.
Oil on canvas
€ 80,000 - 120,000

$ 88,000 - 132,000

Lot description
Tropisches Bad. Um 1913.
Oil on canvas.
Wohlert 257. Monogrammd in lower right. 64 x 68 cm (25.1 x 26.7 in).

• One of the rare exotic compositions made in context of Hofer's journey through India.
• Bright early work, particularly convincing for its closed composition.
• Up until 1937 the work used to be in the collection of the Wallraf-Richartz-Museum, Cologne (no restitution claims)

PROVENANCE: Max Meirowsky, Cologne (until 1922).
Wallraf-Richartz-Museum, Cologne (gifted from aforementioned, 1922-1937).
State ownership (1937-1940, number 14782 on "degenerate art" index).
Galerie Fischer, Luzern, Gemälde und Plastiken moderner Meister aus deutschen Museen, June 30, 1939, lot 49, with illu. (unsold).
Bernhard A. Böhmer, Güstrow (1940).
Presumably estate of Bernhard A. Böhmer, Güstrow (1945).
Presumably Wilma Zelck, Rostock/Berlin/Hamburg (admistrator of aforementioned estate).
Private collection Northern Germany (presumably acquired from aforementioned).
Ever since in possession of the family.

EXHIBITION: Mai-Ausstellung, Kunsthalle Basel, Basel 1916, p. 10, no. 118.
Carl Hofer, Erna Pinner, Albert Spethmann, Kunstsalon Ludwig Schames. Frankfurt a. M. 1917, leaflet, no. 6.

LITERATURE: (Selection) (number 14782 on "degenerate art" index).
Museum der Gegenwart, 2. 1931/32, issue 3, p. 135.
Galerie Theodor Fischer, Lucerne, auction cat. June 30, 1939, p. 30, no. 49, with illu. on p. 31.
Kunstpreisverzeichnis, 1.1939/40, p. 38, Nr. 40.
P. O. Rave, Kunstdiktatur im Dritten Reich, Hamburg 1949, p. 84.
Franz Roh, "Entartete" Kunst, Kunstbarbarei im Dritten Reich, Hanover 1962, p. 210.
Evelyn Weiss, Katalog der Gemälde des 20. Jahrhunderts, die älteren Generationen bis 1915 im Wallraf-Richartz-Museum - mit Teilen der Sammlung Ludwig - und im Kunstgewerbemuseum, Cologne 1974, p. 189, illu. 317.
Uta Gerlach-Laxner, die "Entartete Kunst" im Wallraf-Richartz-Museum und die Kunstpolitik der Nationalsozialisten, in: Kölner Museums Bulletin, issue 4,1987, pp. 15 and 22.
Stephanie Barron (editor), "Entartete Kunst". Das Schicksal der Avantgarde im Nazi-Deutschland, ex. cat. Berlin, Deutsches Historisches Museum, Berlin 1992. p. 157.
Gesa Jeuthe, Die Moderne unter dem Hammer. Zur "Verwertung" der "entarteten" Kunst durch die Luzerner Galerie Fischer 1939, in: Uwe Fleckner (editor), Angriff auf die Avantgarde. Kunst und Kunstpolitik im Nationalsozialismus, Berlin 2007, pp. 189-305, p. 273.
"I could not get enough of the impressions of the country and its people. The coconut palm is the all-dominant tree on this coast, its filigree and airy leaves shiver in even the slightest breeze. The soil is blazing red, a red that turns into pure vermilion in sunset."
Karl Hofer, 1953, quoet after: Karl Hofer, ex. cat. Kunsthalle Emden 2012, p.18.

Called up: December 6, 2019 - ca. 17.35 h +/- 20 min.


Buyer's premium, taxation and resale right apportionment for Karl Hofer "Tropisches Bad"
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Differential taxation:
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