Sale: 530 / Evening Sale / The Hermann Gerlinger Collection, June 10. 2022 in Munich Lot 2

 

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Karl Schmidt-Rottluff
Waldrand, 1904.
Watercolor
Estimate:
€ 4,000 / $ 3,680
Sold:
€ 27,500 / $ 25,300

(incl. surcharge)
Waldrand. 1904.
Watercolor.
Inscribed and dated "Rautenkranz 1904" in right. On light blue Ingres laid paper. 23.3 x 30.6 cm (9.1 x 12 in), size of sheet.
[KT].

• Watercolors from the artist's early creative period are very rare on the auction market.
• In this watercolor Karl Schmidt-Rottluff stages the edge of a wood in a mysterious winterly sunset light of a refined cool gray-blue with various brightness values.
• Similar to the woodcut, the blank paper parts make for the actual element of composition
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The work is registered at the Karl and Emy Schmidt-Rottluff Foundation, Berlin.

PROVENANCE: Collection Hermann Gerlinger, Würzburg (with the collector stamp).

EXHIBITION: Karl Schmidt-Rottluff, Retrospektive, Kunsthalle Bremen, June 16 - September 10, 1989; Städtische Galerie im Lenbachhaus, Munich, September 27 - December 3, 1989, p. 217, cat. no. 10 (with illu.).
Schleswig-Holsteinisches Landesmuseum Schloss Gottorf, Schleswig (permanent loan from Collection Hermann Gerlinger, 1995-2001).
Kunstmuseum Moritzburg, Halle an der Saale (permanent loan from Collection Hermann Gerlinger, 2001-2017).
Im Rhythmus der Natur: Landschaftsmalerei der "Brücke". Meisterwerke der Sammlung Hermann Gerlinger, Städtische Galerie, Ravensburg, October 28, 2006 - January 28, 2007 (with color illu on p. 53).
Schmidt-Rottluff. Form, Farbe, Ausdruck, Buchheim Museum, Bernried am Starnberger See, September 29, 2018 - February 3, 2019, p. 105 (with illu.).
Buchheim Museum, Bernried (permanent loan from Collection Hermann Gerlinger, 2017-2022).

LITERATURE: Heinz Spielmann (editor), Die Maler der Brücke. Collection Hermann Gerlinger, Stuttgart 1995, p. 89, SHG no. 13 (with illu.).
Hermann Gerlinger, Katja Schneider (editors), Die Maler der Brücke. Inventory catalog Collection Hermann Gerlinger, Halle (Saale) 2005, p. 25, SHG no. 19 (with illu.).

A forest edge lying mysteriously in the wintry evening light. Kept in cool gray-blue with different levels of brightness, Schmidt-Rottluff mimics a fine graphic abstraction in the coloring, which at the same time encourages him to simplify the form to a certain extent. The rhythm of the pictorial composition and the contrast between strong elements in the foreground and simple areas in the background, a characteristic feature of his later work, appear here for the first time as qualities of the still young style. Comparable to the woodcut, leaving parts of the paper blank became the actual compositional element. The trees experience an astonishing concentration as a determining motif. [MvL]



2
Karl Schmidt-Rottluff
Waldrand, 1904.
Watercolor
Estimate:
€ 4,000 / $ 3,680
Sold:
€ 27,500 / $ 25,300

(incl. surcharge)