Sale: 533 / Modern Art Day Sale and Gerlinger Collection, Dec. 10. 2022 in Munich Lot 462

 

462
Karl Schmidt-Rottluff
Ziegelei in Dangast (Ziegelei in Varelerhafen), 1910.
Color Chalks and watercolor brush on a postcard
Estimate:
€ 20,000 / $ 18,400
Sold:
€ 45,000 / $ 41,400

(incl. surcharge)
Ziegelei in Dangast (Ziegelei in Varelerhafen). 1910.
Color Chalks and watercolor brush on a postcard.
Wietek 55. Verso with inscription: "Herrn u. Frau Direktor W. Hane / Blankenese-Elbe / Bismarckstein 5 / Verbindliche Grüße S-Rottluff". By Rosa Schapire's hand: "Freundliche Grüße aus dem schönen Dangast Ihre Rosa Schapire / Dangast 22.7.10", and a Dangast postage stamp, July 22, 10. 9.4 x 14.3 cm (3.7 x 5.6 in).
[KT].
• Important contemporary document of the friendship between Schmidt-Rottluff and Schapires, as well as of the longest and most prolific stay in Dangast.
• Most of the artist's postcards were made in 1910, many of them were signed by Schapire, which illustrates both the function and her appreciation of these personal greetings.
• The "Brücke" artists made the postcard an artwork that they ably used to maintain contacts with their friends and patrons.
• The intimate postcards with personal dedications are very rare on the auction market (source: artprice.com).
• From a mere communication medium, the postcard becomes a charming work of art
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The work is registered in the archive of the Karl and Emy Schmidt-Rottluff Foundation, Berlin.

PROVENANCE: Director Walter and Martha Hane, Blankenese/Hamburg.
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).
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, p. 86 (with illu.).
Expressiv! Die Künstler der Brücke. Die Sammlung Hermann Gerlinger, Albertina Vienna, June 1 - August 26, 2007, cat. no. 15 (with illu.).
Buchheim Museum, Bernried (permanent loan from the Collection Hermann Gerlinger, 2017-2022).
Schmidt-Rottluff. Form, Farbe, Ausdruck!, Buchheim Museum, Bernried, September 29, 2018 - February 3, 2019, p. 152 (with illu.).

LITERATURE: Wietek 1964, pp. 114ff. [possibly.: Gerhard Wietek, Bemalte Postkarten und Briefe deutscher Künstler. Eine Ausstellung des Altonaer Museums in Hamburg, in: Exlibriskunst und Gebrauchsgraphik, Jahrbuch / Altonaer Museum in Hamburg, 1964, pp. 45-??, here p. 114]
Gerhard Wietek, Maler sehen Blankenese und die Elbe, Hamburg 1971, pp. 23ff.
Gerhard Wietek, Karl Schmidt-Rottluff in Hamburg und Schleswig-Holstein, Neumünster 1984, pp. 56, 98.
Wietek 1990, p. 28 [EITHER Gerhard Wietek, Franz Radziwill - Wilhelm Niemeyer, Dokumente einer Freundschaft, Oldenburg 1990, p. 28 OR Gerhard Wietek: Franz Radziwill - Wilhelm Niemeyer, Ein Briefwechsel als Lektion für den Herausgeber, Festschrift zum 40-jährigen Jubiläum der Freien Akademie der Künste, Hamburg 1990, pp. 28ff.]
Gerhard Wietek, Schmidt-Rottluff. Oldenburger Jahre 1907-1912, Mainz 1995, p. 434, no. 173 (with illu.).
Heinz Spielmann (ed.), Die Maler der Brücke. Sammlung Hermann Gerlinger, Stuttgart 1995, p. 219, SHG no. 290 (with illu.).
Die Brücke in Dresden. 1905-1911, ed. by Birgit Dalbajewa and Ulrich Bischoff, ex. cat. Dresdner Schloss, Staatliche Kunstsammlungen Dresden, Galerie Neue Meister, Cologne 2001, p. 341.
Hermann Gerlinger, Katja Schneider (eds.), Die Maler der Brücke. Inventory catalog Collection Hermann Gerlinger, Halle (Saale) 2005, p. 68, SHG no. 69 (with illu.).
Gerhard Wietek, Karl Schmidt-Rottluff: Zeichnungen auf Postkarten, Cologne 2010, p. 175-177, no. 55 (with illu.).

The greeting from Dangast, signed by Schmidt-Rottluff and Rosa Schapire, reached the Hamburg merchant and director of the ‘Norddeutsche Versicherungsgesellschaft’ Walter Hane and his wife Martha. From 1907 onwards, Schmidt-Rottluff repeatedly stayed in Hamburg for shorter or longer periods of time and maintained his contacts there, as was the case with Hane. The businessman was quite involved in Hamburg's cultural life and invited the artist to stay at his villa in the elegant neighborhood of Blankenese. Hane finally became a passive "Brücke" member in 1910. From 1907 on the fishing village of Dangast near Oldenburg on the North Sea also became a summer residence of the "Brücke" artists. For Schmidt-Rottluff, the place remained a productive place until 1912, while 1910 was a particularly prolific year as he made more than 30 paintings. During this long stay he sent out the largest number of his postcards, of which many were also signed by Rosa Schapire. It is obvious that these small works of served Schapire as a recommendation used to maintain contact with friends, patrons and collectors. The work shows the Brumund brickyard in Varelerhafen near Dangast, which Schmidt-Rottluff had already discovered the previous year. The lines of the ink brush swing expressively across the sheet in form of roofs and architectural structures, enlivened by the use of contrasting primary colors in bright yellow, intense red, dark blue and green. The dynamic strokes link the card to the watercolor technique of these years. A technique in which Schmidt-Rottluff embraced a strong expressiveness. [KT]

The greeting from Dangast was sent to the Hamburg insurance merchant and director Walter Hane and his wife Martha. Hane became a passive "Brücke" member in 1910. In 1907 the fishing village of Dangast became the summer residence of the "Brücke" artists. During his stay in 1910, Schmidt-Rottluff sent out the largest number of his postcards, of which many were also signed by Rosa Schapire. It is obvious that the small works of art were used to maintain contact with friends, patrons and collectors. The work shows the Brumund brickyard in Varelerhafen near Dangast. Expressively, the lines of the ink brush swing across the sheet as architectural structures, enlivened by the use of high-contrast primary colors. [KT]



462
Karl Schmidt-Rottluff
Ziegelei in Dangast (Ziegelei in Varelerhafen), 1910.
Color Chalks and watercolor brush on a postcard
Estimate:
€ 20,000 / $ 18,400
Sold:
€ 45,000 / $ 41,400

(incl. surcharge)