Pastel on paper, mounted on paper and in a stre...
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Kind, auf einem Esel reitend. 1901. Pastel on paper, mounted on paper and in a stretcher. Barely legibly signed in lower left (partly wiped). 60 x 77 cm (23.6 x 30.3 in), the full sheet.
• Particularly large pastel with a painting-like appeal. • Shown at Bruno & Paul Cassirer's summer exhibition the year it was made. • Works from around 1900 are among the artist's most sought-after works on paper. • Similar pastels from the same period of creation around 1901 are at, among others, the Kunsthalle Bremen ("Reiterin am Meer") and the Nationalgalerie, State Museums Berlin ("Reiter am Strand").
This work's authenticity has kindly been confirmed orally by Drs. Margreet Nouwen, Berlin. The work will be included into the forthcoming catalog raisonné of works on paper.
PROVENANCE: Kunstsalon Bruno & Paul Cassirer, Berlin (1901). Presumably Collection Toni Lessing, Berlin (1914). Collection Werner David, Berlin/Palestina/Los Angeles. Collection Ilse and Hans Ascher, Los Angeles (as present from above). Collection Gabriele (Gaby) Michels, neé Ascher (inherited from above, family-owned). Private collection (acquired from the above).
EXHIBITION: Sommerausstellung, Kunstsalon Bruno und Paul Cassirer, Berlin, 3rd year, 10th exhibition, May 17 - September 30, 1901 (extended until October 6, 1901), no cat. (titled "Dame in rosa Kleid auf weißem Esel, Pastell").
LITERATURE: Erich Hancke, Max Liebermann. Sein Leben und seine Werke, Berlin 1914, p. 539 (titled "Kind, auf einem Esel reitend"). Bernhard Echte and Walter Feilchenfeldt (editors), Kunstsalon Bruno & Paul Cassirer. Die Ausstellungen 1898-1901, Wädenswil 2011, p. 480. "A romanticization lies over these summer pictures, there is sun and quiet happiness [.] in them. [.] The cheerful works in which the truth shines in color, [create] a mood that has something intoxicating. Nowhere else does Liebermann's great talent appear more amiable than in this part of his admirable life's work. " Art critic Karl Scheffler (1869-1951), on the occasion of the 1927 exhibition of Max Liebermann's pastels, quote from: Ex. cat. Nichts trügt weniger als der Schein. Max Liebermann, der deutsche Impressionist, Kunsthalle Bremen, 1995, p. 13.