Sale: 533 / Modern Art Day Sale and Gerlinger Collection, Dec. 10. 2022 in Munich Lot 460

 

460
Erich Heckel
Fabrik, 1913.
Watercolor and pencil
Estimate:
€ 20,000 / $ 18,400
Sold:
€ 42,500 / $ 39,100

(incl. surcharge)
Fabrik. 1913.
Watercolor and pencil.
Lower right signed and dated, titled in lower left. On laid paper (with a watermark). Ca. 34 x 50.5 cm (13.3 x 19.8 in), the full sheet.
[AR].
• Fascinating landscape scene in powerful colors.
• One of Erich Heckel's rare factory depictions.
• For the first time offered on the international auction market (source: artprice.com)
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Das Werk ist im Nachlass Erich Heckel, Hemmenhofen am Bodensee, verzeichnet. Wir danken Frau Renate Ebner und Herrn Hans Geissler für die freundliche Unterstützung.

PROVENANCE: From the artist's estate.
Collection Hermann Gerlinger, Würzburg (acquired from the above in 1975, with teh collector's stamp Lugt 6032).

EXHIBITION: Erich Heckel. Aquarelle und Zeichnungen. Special exhibition on the occasion of the opening of the Otto-Richter-Halle, Würzburg, October/November 1975, cat. no. 26.
Erich Heckel 1883-1979. Aquarelle. Zeichnungen. Exhibition on the occasion of the artist's 100th birthday, Städtische Galerie, Würzburg, 1983, cat. no. 40 (with color illu.).
Schleswig-Holsteinisches Landesmuseum, Schloss Gottorf, Schleswig (permanent loan from the Collection Hermann Gerlinger, 1995-2001).
Kunstmuseum Moritzburg, Halle an der Saale (permanent loan from the 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. 106).
Expressiv! Die Künstler der Brücke. Die Sammlung Hermann Gerlinger, Albertina Vienna, June 1 - August 26, 2007, cat. no. 99 (with color illu. on p. 167).
Erich Heckel, Einfühlung und Ausdruck, Buchheim Museum, Bernried, October 31, 2020 - March 7, 2021, extended until June 20, 2021 (with color illu. on p. 201).
Buchheim Museum, Bernried (permanent loan from the Collection Hermann Gerlinger, 2017-2022).

LITERATURE: Heinz Spielmann (ed.), Die Maler der Brücke. Sammlung Hermann Gerlinger, Stuttgart 1995, p. 202, SHG no. 253 (with color illu.).
Hermann Gerlinger, Katja Schneider (eds.), Die Maler der Brücke. Inventory catalog Collection Hermann Gerlinger, Halle (Saale) 2005, pp. 196f., SHG no. 442 (with color illu.).

In the present watercolor, Erich Heckel presents us a motif that is rarely found in his oeuvre. The artist, who was born in Döbeln in Saxony, captured only a few factory buildings in paintings and watercolors during his creative period. In the painting "Ziegelei am Wasser” (Brickyard on the Waterfront), also from 1913, he shows us a similar production facility that he embedded in the landscape in a different way than in the present sheet. In our watercolor, the factory building seems to be of rather little importance to Heckel. The artist used only a relatively small part of the picture's surface to depict the building. On the other hand, he gives the sky a strong and powerful presence: the almost threatening looming clouds interrupted by the brownish-yellow smoke from the chimneys, significantly contribute to the work’s expressive character. In combination with other factors like the coloring, Heckel conveys the atmosphere and the particularities of the landscape. [AM]



460
Erich Heckel
Fabrik, 1913.
Watercolor and pencil
Estimate:
€ 20,000 / $ 18,400
Sold:
€ 42,500 / $ 39,100

(incl. surcharge)