Frauenbildnis. 1926. Oil on canvas. Signed and dated in lower left. Once more signed and dated on the reverse. 76 x 40 cm (29.9 x 15.7 in).
• Otto Gleichmann was the protagonist of the Hanover Secession, he exhibitioed at, among others, Flechtheim and Nierendorf. His works were defamed as degenarate as of 1937. • Romantic gentle and yet expressive features reminiscent of the portraits by Marie Laurencin can be observed.
Mrs Petra Wenzel will include this work into the forthcoming catalog raisonneé.
PROVENANCE: Collection Ilse and Hermann Bode, Hanover/Steinhude. Private collection Germany (inherited).
EXHIBITION: Otto Gleichmann. Gemälde, Gouachen, Zeichnungen 1907 - 1932, Kestner-Gesellschaft, Hanover, 121st Exhibition, June 2 - June 26, 1932, cat. no. 13. Otto Gleichmann. Ölbilder, Aquarelle und Handzeichnungen 1908-1955, Kunstverein Brunswick, August 21 - September 18, 1955, cat. no. 15. Otto Gleichmann. Ölbilder, Aquarelle, Zeichnungen, Kunstverein Hanover, August 25 - September 22, 1957, cat. no. 79. Die Zwanziger Jahre in Hannover, Kestner Gesellschaft, Hanover, 1962, cat. no. 14 with illu. Die Pelikan Kunstsammlung, Kestner Gesellschaft, Hanover, 1963, cat. no. 41 with illu. in black-and-white on p. 83. Otto Gleichmann. Gemälde 1908-1963, Galerie im Rathaus Tempelhof, Berlin, January 29 - March 26, 1970, Berlin 1970, cat. no. 22. revonnaH. Kunst der Avantgarde in Hanover 1912-1933, Sprengel Museum Hanover, September 23, 2017 - January 7, 2018, ex. cat. p. 115. Sprengel Museum, Hanover (permanent loan until early 2021).
LITERATURE: lger, Dietmar und Krempel, Ulrich (editors): Malerei und Plastik. Volume 1: Text. Volume 2: Inventory list (Sprengel Museum, Hanover), Hanover 2003. "As artist he was a poetic dreamer and a wild visionary. His fantasy may have been northern, his colors and brushwork were rather French, a very personal and sophisticated style.“ (Kate Steinitz)