Sale: 530 / Evening Sale / The Hermann Gerlinger Collection, June 10. 2022 in Munich Lot 40

 

40
Ernst Ludwig Kirchner
Heuernte, 1920.
Color Oil crayon
Estimate:
€ 20,000 / $ 18,400
Sold:
€ 87,500 / $ 80,500

(incl. surcharge)
Heuernte. 1920.
Color Oil crayon.
With the estate stamp of the Kunstmuseum Basel (Lugt 1570 b) and the hand-written registration number "FS Da/Bc 29" on the reverse. On chalk-primed board. 50 x 31.6 cm (19.6 x 12.4 in), almost the full sheet. [CH].

• Dynamic and particularly colorful depiction from the Davos days.
• The hard and strenuous life of the local peasants and the rural-bucolic idyll were Kirchners main source of inspiration.
• At around the same time he made the impressive work "Der Mäher" (Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York), which shows a similar motif
.

We are grateful to Prof. Dr. Dr. Gerd Presler for his kind expert advice.

The work is documented at the Ernst Ludwig Kirchner Archive, Wichtrach/Bern.

PROVENANCE: Artist's estate (Davos 1938, Kunstmuseum Basel 1946).
Collection Hermann Gerlinger, Würzburg (with collector stamp).

EXHIBITION: 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).
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. 271, SHG no. 396 (with illu.).
Hermann Gerlinger, Katja Schneider (editor), Die Maler der Brücke. Inventory catalog Collection Hermann Gerlinger, Halle (Saale) 2005, p. 350, SHG no. 784 (with illu.).

"Kirchner had left the hustle and bustle of Dresden and Berlin behind him, and lives among "proud mountain farmers" in the house 'In den Lärchen' above Frauenkirch/Davos, observing their hard and strenuous daily chores. He is surrounded by magnificent mountains in the shadow of the peak 'Corn da Tinizong', the 'keeper at the end of the valley'. In September 1918 he writes to the architect Henry van de Velde: 'I am leading a peaceful and carefree life up here.' A little later he informs the author of the catalog raisonné of his graphic art, the Hamburg District Court Director Gustav Schiefler: 'I am so happy to be here.' The color drawing 'Heuernte' is a striking document of the balanced life situation Kirchner was in at that point. He finally found peace!"
Prof. Dr. Dr. Gerd Presler, author of the catalogue raisonné of Kirchner's sketchbooks

From 1917 Ernst Ludwig Kirchner traveled to Davos several for health reasons, and got in touch with Dr. Frédéric Bauer, the then chief physician of the Davos park sanatorium, to undergo treatment. The impressive atmosphere of the Alpine landscape, the special, albeit busy life of the farming families who lived there, and the rural, bucolic idyll were important sources of inspiration for Kirchner in these years. In 1919 he noted: "The good van de Velde wrote to me today that I should better return to modern life. [.] That's impossible for me [.]. Here I have a rich field for my creative activity, that I could hardly harvest in good health, let alone today. The charms of the world are the same everywhere, they only differ in appearance. And here you learn to go deeper than in the so-called 'modern' life, which, despite its wealth of outer form, is so much more shallow." (quoted from: Lucius Grisebach, Ernst Ludwig Kirchner 1880-1938, Cologne 1995, p. 153). In the summer of 1920, the year our work was created, the artist lived in the house "In den Lärchen" in Davos Frauenkirch. Here, despite his illness, which flared up time and again, he unfolded a seemingly inexhaustible creative energy and in the colored chalk drawing offered here, too, the artist created a scene focused on two Farmers mowing hay framed by the Davos landscape in violet and light green with energetic, self-confident strokes and strong, bright colors. The diagonal, reddish-brown lines show their work with the scythe. The delicate violet, fresh green and strong yellow used by the artist in the background were also similarly used in the painting "Der Mäher“ (The Mower, Gordon 572) in the Metropolitan Museum in New York. With the scene of the Swiss peasants working with large scythes, rendered on paper so dynamically, Kirchner refers to a traditional subject used by Vincent van Gogh, which he transfers into a masterly, lighthearted expressionist make with the help of an unmistakable visual language entirely free from conventions. [CH]



40
Ernst Ludwig Kirchner
Heuernte, 1920.
Color Oil crayon
Estimate:
€ 20,000 / $ 18,400
Sold:
€ 87,500 / $ 80,500

(incl. surcharge)