Sale: 517 / Modern Art II, June 18. 2021 in Munich Lot 164

 
164
Volker Böhringer
Baracke im Mondlicht, 1951.
Mixed media on fiber board
Estimate:
€ 20,000 / $ 24,000
Sold:
€ 18,750 / $ 22.500

(incl. 25% surcharge)
Lot description
Baracke im Mondlicht. 1951.
Mixed media on fiber board.
Röttger 69. Lower left monogrammed and dated. Verso titled and with the artist's address sticker. 101.5 x 96.5 cm (39.9 x 37.9 in)[JS].

- Large-format, deserted industrial landscape in a rare relief technique.
- Böhringer's Critical Realism is reminiscent of Otto Dix, however, he overcomes his role model with surreal elements and a fascinating cool painting style.
- In 2018, ART magazine honored Böhringer's work, which is still underestimated, with an article titled "Begabt - besessen - vergessen" (Talented - possessed - forgotten).
- "It is high time that a work received the attention it deserves." (ART, September 2018, p. 18).
• Böhringer is a master of a brilliant, cool, dissecting painting in which he brings together realistic and surreal elements with great mastery.
• One of the rare works by Böhringer on the international auction market
.

PROVENANCE: Presumably from the Collection Otto Conzelmann.
Private collection Baden-Württemberg (since ca. 2000).

EXHIBITION: "Bildende Hände", 1. Kunstausstellung in Baden-Württemberg, Stuttgart, 1952.
"Die Industrie in der Kunst der Gegenwart", Städtisches Gustav-Lübcke-Museum, Hamm/Westf., 1953.
"Volker Böhringer 1912-1961, incl. oeuvre catalog, Villa Merkel, Esslinger Kunstverein e.V., Esslingen, December 12, 1975 - January 25, 1976, cat. no. 69, with full-page black-and-white illu.

"Painting harder than Dix! That's what I want!"
Volker Böhringer


Essay
"When the first Swiss exhibition of works by artists defamed by the National Socialists was shown in Bern in 1947, the list of artists included, next to famous names like Dix and Baumeister, the completely unknown 35 years old artist Volker Böhringer, who saw his forst public appearance on this occasion. The attention he attracted as the only young artist was enormous. The BERNER ABENDBLATT saw him as the "number one" surrealist. The WELTWOCHE counts him among the "the few artists capable of expressing Germany's fate in those years", and the BASELER NATIONALZEITUNG speaks of an "astonishing Volker Böhringer, who made exactly those pictures we would have expected from Dix". [.]"
Otto Conzelmann "Volker Böhringers Maschinenlandschaften und sein Maschinenmensch". Stuttgart, Galerie Valentien, 1976.
164
Volker Böhringer
Baracke im Mondlicht, 1951.
Mixed media on fiber board
Estimate:
€ 20,000 / $ 24,000
Sold:
€ 18,750 / $ 22.500

(incl. 25% surcharge)