Weißes Haus. 1928. Oil on laminated wood. Wohlert 843. Monogrammed in lower left. 50 x 68.5 cm (19.6 x 26.9 in). Second version of the painting "Weißes Haus", made in 1926 and confiscated from the Kunsthalle Mannheim as "degenerate" in 1937. Listed in Wohlert as "Verbleib unbekannt" (whereabouts unkown). [JS]. • One of Hofer's famous Ticino landscapes that he created in the vicinity of his house on Lake Lugano as of the 1920s. • Rare, dreamy, nocturnal scenery, in which the white of the Ticino house shines in moonlight. • The Ticino pictures, which Hofer called "Summer Pictures" are kept in strong colors and express his quest for calm and harmony. • Further landscapes from this period can be found at, among others, the Museum Kunstpalast in Düsseldorf, the Sprengel Museum in Hanover, the Galleria Nazionale d'Arte Moderna e Contemporanea in Rome, the Staatsgalerie Stuttgart and the Kunstmuseum Winterthur. • Rare nocturnal scene in a particularly powerful color palette.
PROVENANCE: Private collection Pirmasens (presumably since 1975). Private collection Baden-Württemberg (since 1988, Grisebach, November 23, 1988).
EXHIBITION: Karl Hofer, Galerie am Funkhaus, Berlin 1955, no. 7 (titled "Haus im Tessin").
LITERATURE: Galerie Wolfgang Ketterer, Munich, auction 15, 1975, cat. no. 721, p. 122, with illu. (titled "Tessiner Haus"). H. König, Villa Grisebach, Berlin, Nov. 1988,in: Weltkunst, 58,1988, issue 22, p. 3526. Villa Grisebach, Berlin, auction 7, November 23, 1988, cat. no. 83, with illu. "The beauty of our best pictorial works is a metaphysical one." Karl Hofer, Aus den nachgelassenen Schriften, quote after: Hartwig Garnerus, Karl Hofer, Cologne 1998, p. 8.