Sale: 517 / Modern Art II, June 18. 2021 in Munich Lot 155

 
155
Albert Birkle
Damenbildnis – Elisabeth Starosta mit Chiffon-Bluse und Hut, 1925-1930.
Oil on canvas
Estimate:
€ 20,000 / $ 24,000
Sold:
€ 25,000 / $ 30.000

(incl. 25% surcharge)
Lot description
Damenbildnis – Elisabeth Starosta mit Chiffon-Bluse und Hut. 1925-1930.
Oil on canvas.
Lower right belatedly signed and inscribed, presumably by a hand other than that of the artist. 82 x 62 cm (32.2 x 24.4 in).
One of two versions of the painting which Birkle made of his young fiancé wearing a chiffon blouse and a hat (cf. version from 1923, Ketterer Kunst, auction 406, lot 68).
• One of the rare depictions of the artist's wife, the craftswoman Else Starosta.
• Marvelous depiction of the paradox interplay of intimacy and distance typical of a still young love.
• The line's clarity and the person's reverie show clear notions of New Objectivity.
• Birkle's dissecting painting of the Weimar days is one of the most spectacular rediscoveries on the art market
.

We are grateful to Roswita and Victor Pontzen, Archive Albert Birkle, Salzburg, for their kind expert advice. The work is registered in the in-house catalog raisonné with the number "139".

PROVENANCE: In possession of the artist (until 1977).
Neue Münchner Galerie, Munich (1977-1980).
Private collection Southern Germany (until 2010, Ketterer Kunst October 22, 2010).
Private collection Europe (since 2010, acquired from above).

LITERATURE: Ketterer Kunst, München, Auction 371, Sideways of the German Avant-garde, October 22, 2010, lot 116 (with illu.).

155
Albert Birkle
Damenbildnis – Elisabeth Starosta mit Chiffon-Bluse und Hut, 1925-1930.
Oil on canvas
Estimate:
€ 20,000 / $ 24,000
Sold:
€ 25,000 / $ 30.000

(incl. 25% surcharge)