Sale: 533 / Modern Art Day Sale and Gerlinger Collection, Dec. 10. 2022 in Munich Lot 475

 

475
Emil Nolde
Badende, 1946.
Watercolor
Estimate:
€ 70,000 / $ 64,400
Sold:
€ 87,500 / $ 80,500

(incl. surcharge)
Badende. 1946.
Watercolor.
Signed in lower right. On Japon. 34.5 x 46.5 cm (13.5 x 18.3 in), the full sheet.
The watercolor was made on the island of Sylt in the summer of 1949.
• One of the rare bather scenes.
• Made on Sylt.
• Atmospheric depiction of a summer's day on the beach
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Accompanied by a photo expertise from Prof. Dr. Manfred Reuther dated October 8, 2022. The watercolor is registered in the Archive Reuther with the number "Nolde A - 250/2022".

PROVENANCE: Galerie Vömel, Düsseldorf.
Prof. Dr. Hilde Zadek, Vienna (acquired from the above in the 1950s).
Private collection Baden-Württemberg (gifted from the above).

Emil Nolde quoted from Reisen, Ächtung, Befreiung: 1919-1946, Cologne 1978, pp. 102-104.

There is hardly any other painter of Modern Art who examined the sea and its phenomena as intensively as Emil Nolde. The sea, so close to his Seebüll home, inspired Nolde to to new interpretations over and over again. In most cases the sea, depicted in different lighting and weather conditions, is the sole actor. Now and then a few boats are added or a bird can be seen in the distance. Some beach paintings in oil are known, but they have a special position in the artist's oeuvre. Especially the motif of bathers - which was one of the central motifs of the "Brücke" artists, among whom Nolde also counted for a short period of time - is rather unusual in his oeuvre. The scene of a happy summer's day is captured in its entirety. The bright blue of the sky merges with the green-blue of the sea and is reflected in the mother's summer dress. The figures are not the main protagonists, the bathing children and their mother are captured with quick strokes. Rather, it is about capturing the relaxed happy atmosphere of these light moments in summer when days seem endless. [SM]



475
Emil Nolde
Badende, 1946.
Watercolor
Estimate:
€ 70,000 / $ 64,400
Sold:
€ 87,500 / $ 80,500

(incl. surcharge)