Sale: 539 / Modern Art Day Sale, June 10. 2023 in Munich Lot 331

 

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Ernst Ludwig Kirchner
Skizze zu "Strasse mit roter Kokotte" (Straßenszene I), 1914.
Pencil drawing
Estimate:
€ 14,000 / $ 15,120
Sold:
€ 25,400 / $ 27,432

(incl. surcharge)
Skizze zu "Strasse mit roter Kokotte" (Straßenszene I). 1914.
Pencil drawing.
With the estate stamp (Lugt 1570 b) and the hand-written number "B Be/Bb 3" on the reverse. On paper (from the sketchbook 37 with red edges). 20.5 x 16.3 cm (8 x 6.4 in), the full sheet.

• From a sketchbook (with red edges).
• In the Berlin street scenes from the years 1913 to 1915, E.L. Kirchner attained an increased expressiveness.
• Spirited sketch for the famous painting "Strasse mit roter Kokotte" (Gordon no. 366) in the Thyssen-Bornemisza Collection, Madrid
.

We are grateful to Prof. Dr. Dr. Gerd Presler for his kind support in cataloging this lot.

PROVENANCE: From the artist's estate (with the estate stamp on the reverse, Lugt 1570 b).
Galerie Henze & Ketterer, Wichtrach/Bern.
Hermann Gerlinger Collection, Würzburg (acquired from the above in 2001, with the collector's stamp, Lugt 6032).

EXHIBITION: Schleswig-Holsteinisches Landesmuseum, Schloss Gottorf, Schleswig (permanent loan from the Hermann Gerlinger Collection, 1995-2001).
Ernst Ludwig Kirchner. 90 Zeichnungen für 90 Jahre, Hommage à Roman Norbert Ketterer, Galerie Henze & Ketterer, catalog 62, 2001, cat. 40 (with color illu on the catalog's front and rear cover and as black-and-white illu. on p. 51).
Kunstmuseum Moritzburg, Halle an der Saale (permanent loan from the Hermann Gerlinger Collection, 2001-2017).
Buchheim Museum, Bernried (permanent loan from the Hermann Gerlinger Collection, 2017-2022).

LITERATURE: Hermann Gerlinger, Katja Schneider (eds.), Die Maler der Brücke. Inventory catalog Hermann Gerlinger Collection, Halle (Saale) 2005, p. 338, SHG no. 759.

This sheet is the sketch for one of the key works in Ernst Ludwig Kirchner's oeuvre. All the impressions that Ernst Ludwig Kirchner absorbed in the big city of Berlin find expression in the painting "Straße mit roter Kokotte" (Street with a Red Cocotte", which is in the Thyssen-Bornemisza Collection in Madrid). Kirchner's famous street scenes hauntingly outline life in the metropolis. The focus is on the cocottes, who wait for their customers on the street corners with daringly slit dresses and large feather hats. Our sheet shows exactly this scenery rendered in restless, swift strokes. For Kirchner, the depiction captured the situation so succinctly that he elaborated it impressively in the color chalk and tempera drawing "Rote Kokotte" (Staatsgalerie Stuttgart) and in said painting in the Thyssen-Bornemisza Collection. [EH]



331
Ernst Ludwig Kirchner
Skizze zu "Strasse mit roter Kokotte" (Straßenszene I), 1914.
Pencil drawing
Estimate:
€ 14,000 / $ 15,120
Sold:
€ 25,400 / $ 27,432

(incl. surcharge)