Sale: 520 / Evening Sale, June 18. 2021 in Munich Lot 121000775

Ernst Wilhelm Nay
Helle Akzente, 1956.
Oil on canvas
€ 200,000 - 300,000

$ 234,000 - 351,000

Lot description
Helle Akzente. 1956.
Oil on canvas.
Scheibler 805. Signed and dated in lower right. Signed on the reverse, signed, dated and titled on the stretcher. 73.5 x 92 cm (28.9 x 36.2 in).

• Early "Scheibenbild" (Disc Picture) that Nay created in bright colors and an airy flow at the apex of the work series.
• Light, almost floating composition in which Nay tranfers the airiness characteristic of his watercolors onto the canvas with great mastery.
• The palette in Nay's "Scheibenbilder" ranges from almost white to almost black hues and also reveals Nay's closeness to music, as many of his titles suggest.
• Works by Nay were shown in an exhibtion at the Museum of Modern Art, New York, as early as in 1957.
• Works from the series "Scheibenbilder" are in many renowned museums, among them the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York (1961), the Sprengel Museum, Hanover (1958), the Nationalgalerie Berlin (1957) and the Städel Museum, Frankfurt a. M (1961)

PROVENANCE: Frankfurter Kunstkabinett Hanna Bekker vom Rath, Frankfurt a. M. (1968).
FER Collection, Ulm / Dr. Friedrich E. Rentschler (with the collector's label on the stetcher, acquired from aforementioned in 1968 - 1995, Sotheby's London, June 28, 1995).
Private collection Northenr Germany (acquired from aforementioned in 1995).

EXHIBITION: E. W. Nay, Galerie Der Spiegel, Cologne, March 19 - April 30, 1957, cat. no. 16.
E. W. Nay, Galerie Günther Franke, München, August 17 - September 30, 1957, cat. no. 18 (with the label on the stretcher)
Frankfurter Kunstkabinett Hanna Bekker vom Rath, 11th catalog, Frankfurt a. M. 1968, cat. no. 76 (with illu.).

LITERATURE: Sotheby’s, London, Contemporary Art, Part I, June 28, 1995, lot 6 (with illu.).
"In the classic days of the discs these entities float on the firmament of painting. [..] In the beginning the color flits through the image space with watercoloresque airiness; it barely touches the canvas [..]. In the classic years of the discs the closeness Nay's painting had to music, which the titles he chose also suggest, became evident and visualized the crossing of the media's frontiers."
Siegfried Gohr, Ernst Wilhelm Nay, Der Beteiligte - Unbeteiligte, in: Retrospektive. Ernst Wilhelm Nay, Museum Ludwig, Cologne 1990, pp. 9-11.


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Objects made by artists who have not died at least 70 years ago are subject to a resale right apportionment of 2.4% including statutory sales tax.