Sale: 533 / Modern Art Day Sale and Gerlinger Collection, Dec. 10. 2022 in Munich Lot 484

 

484
Hermann Max Pechstein
Soirée, 1911.
Colored pencil drawing over India ink on a post...
Estimate:
€ 20,000 / $ 18,800
Sold:
€ 68,750 / $ 64,624

(incl. surcharge)
Soirée. 1911.
Colored pencil drawing over India ink on a postcard.
14 x 9 cm (5.5 x 3.5 in), the full sheet.
Verso with a hand-written inscription in ink: "Frau Minya Diez-Dührkoop / Hamburg / Jungfernstieg 34 / Sehr verehrte Frau Diez-Dk / Roter Wein im grünen Glas / Gelber Leib im roten Kleid, / es ist noch gut im alten / Backhaus Mit den herzlichsten / Grüßen Ihr M. Pechstein / Ganz Ihr ergebener E.L. Kirchner Otto Mueller" and a Berlin postage stamp from January 8, 1911. [KT].
• Hermann Max Pechstein turned his postcard into a miniature artwork.
• Notable first ownership: Diéz-Dührkoop was an acclaimed photographer and part of the closer circle around the "Brücke" artists.
• She was a particularly close friend of Max Pechstein, as many photographs, postcards as well as paintings and prints in her possession testify to.
• Characteristic Pechstein motif: scenes of cabaret shows, dance and ballet were formative for his creation.
• Made in early 1911, the year the Brücke members relocated to Berlin
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PROVENANCE: Minya Diéz-Dührkoop (1873–1929), Hamburg.
Collection Ernest Rathenau, Berlin/New York/Bad Nauheim (until 1986).
Galerie Dr. Rainer Horstmann, Hamburg (1987, presumably directly acquired from the estate of the above: Sotheby's Munich).
Collection Hermann Gerlinger, Würzburg (with the collector's stamp Lugt 6032).

EXHIBITION: Schleswig-Holsteinisches Landesmuseum, Schloss Gottorf, Schleswig (permanent loan from the Collection Hermann Gerlinger, 1995-2001).
Expressiv! Die Künstler der Brücke. Die Sammlung Hermann Gerlinger, Albertina Vienna, June 1 - August 26, 2007, cat. no. 221 (with illu.).
Kunstmuseum Moritzburg, Halle an der Saale (permanent loan from the Collection Hermann Gerlinger, 2001-2017).
Buchheim Museum, Bernried (permanent loan from the Collection Hermann Gerlinger, 2017-2022).

LITERATURE: Sotheby's, München, Deutsche Kunst des 20. Jahrhunderts. Aus der Sammlung von Dr. Ernest Rathenau und aus dem Besitz anderer Sammlungen, auction on October 28, 1987, lot 54 (with color illu.).
Heinz Spielmann (ed.), Die Maler der Brücke. Sammlung Hermann Gerlinger, Stuttgart 1995, p. 246, SHG no. 352 (with illu.).
Hermann Gerlinger, Katja Schneider (eds.), Die Maler der Brücke. Inventory catalog Collection Hermann Gerlinger, Halle (Saale) 2005, p. 394, SHG no. 863 (with illu.).

Among the "Brücke" artists, Hermann Max Pechstein became a particularly close friend of Minya Diez-Dührkoop, one of the first famous female photographers. She worked at her father's studio on Jungfernstieg 34 in Hamburg, which she would take over in 1918. The postcard is also signed by Kirchner and Mueller; Diez-Dührkoop became a passive "Brücke" member in 1910, and her collection included works by Pechstein, Schmidt-Rottluff and Radziwill. In 1908 Pechstein was the first "Brücke" painter to leave Dresden for Berlin after he had returned from his trip to Paris; the other members followed in 1911. Since the Paris period, Pechstein had been particularly interested in the colorful and dazzling world of cabarets, ballet and theater. Pechstein used dancers and artists, but also the audience as motifs, capturing the elegant ladies and gentlemen leaving the loge in the present work in quick, loose strokes. [KT]



484
Hermann Max Pechstein
Soirée, 1911.
Colored pencil drawing over India ink on a post...
Estimate:
€ 20,000 / $ 18,800
Sold:
€ 68,750 / $ 64,624

(incl. surcharge)