Sale: 512 / Modern Art II, Dec. 12. 2020 in Munich Lot 435

 
435
Karl Hofer
Weißes Haus, 1928.
Oil on laminated wood
Estimate:
€ 30,000 / $ 36,300
Sold:
€ 33,750 / $ 40.837

(incl. 25% surcharge)
Lot description
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
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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.

435
Karl Hofer
Weißes Haus, 1928.
Oil on laminated wood
Estimate:
€ 30,000 / $ 36,300
Sold:
€ 33,750 / $ 40.837

(incl. 25% surcharge)