Sale: 540 / Evening Sale, June 09. 2023 in Munich Lot 30


Emil Nolde
Junges Paar, 1913.
Lithograph in colors
€ 80,000 - 120,000

$ 88,000 - 132,000

Junges Paar. 1913.
Lithograph in colors.
Schiefler/Mosel/Urban L 52. Signed and inscribed "von 3 Dr. dieser Fassung Nr. 2" as well as titled by Ada Nolde. One of 3 copies in these colors. On fine Japon. 61.4 x 50.5 cm (24.1 x 19.8 in). Sheet: 70 x 60,5 cm (27,5 x 23,8 in).
Printed by Atelier Westphalen, Flensburg. [SM].
• The lithographs Nolde made in 1913 count among the highlights of his print art.
• Lithographs, which Nolde made with experimental enthusiasm, make up the smallest group in Nolde's print œuvre.
• "Junges Paar" was printed in different color variants and in editions of just a few copies.
• Only 3 copies of this color variant exist.
• This is the first time that a copy of this color variant is offered on the international auction market

PROVENANCE: Dr. Rainer Horstmann, Hamburg.
Serge Sabarsky Collection (1912-1996), New York (since June 1981, acquired from the above)
Serge Sabarsky Estate, New York.
Vally Sabarsky Collection (1909-2002), New York.
Vally Sabarsky Foundation, New York.

EXHIBITION: Selection:
Graphik des deutschen Expressionismus, Künstlerhaus Vienna, May 15 - June 17, 1984, cat. no. 13.
Grafica dell'espressionismo tedesco, Palazzo della Permanente, Milan, December 1984 - January 1985/ Ca' Pesaro, Venice, February - March 1985 cat. no. 13.
Graphik des deutschen Expressionismus, Neuer Sächsischer Kunstverein Dresden, April 14 - May 15, 1991/ Angermuseum Erfurt, May 23 - June 23, 1991/ Staatliches Lindenau-Museum, Altenburg, July 7 - September 1, 1991/ Kunsthalle Rostock, September 19 - October 27, 1991/ Staatliche Galerie Moritzburg, Halle, December 8, 1991 - January 19, 1992/ Muzeum Narodowe w Krakowie, January 31 - February 23, 1992/ Städtische Galerie Rosenheim, March 4 - April 12, 1992 Märkisches Museum, Witten, April 27 - June 6, 1992/ Historisches Museum Bamberg, January 15 - March 28, 1993/ Leopold-Hoesch-Museum, Düren, May 16 - June 27, 1993, cat. no. 136.

Called up: June 9, 2023 - ca. 17.58 h +/- 20 min.

The lithographs that he created in 1913 are among the highlights of Nolde's oeuvre of prints. Along with the present “Junges Paar" (Young Couple), it is also the “Tänzerin" (Dancer) and the "Heiligen drei Könige" (Three Kings). These large-format sheets are among the most sought-after ones on the auction market. His graphic works are those of a painter. He refuses to work with transfer paper and draws directly on the litho stone with a brush. The direct, immediate design and, above all, the indefinitely free use of color inspired the painter and encouraged his desire to experiment. For Nolde, the graphic techniques of etching, woodcut and lithography were not subordinate to oil painting and watercolors. The color lithographs in particular enabled him to render the motif in almost unlimited ways. He printed about 68 different copies of the "Junges Paar". "I was able to do as I liked. I rubbed the colors in, and I always stood there drawing, etching, grinding, mixing, weighing, switching between colors and bringing out the large pictures from the press, almost all of them in the most varied of nuances and states ." (Emil Nolde, Jahre der Kämpfe, 1967, p. 261) For this very intensive study of lithography, Nolde rented a room at the Flensburg printing workshop Westphalen. He presumably found inspiration for the motif of the "Young Couple" in the metropolis Berlin, where Ada and Emil Nolde had their first home after they got married in 1902. They spend the summers in Jutland and Flensburg. In May 1903, the couple moved into a fisherman's house in Alsen, where they lived until 1916. Nolde maintained a studio in Berlin and so the couple spent a lot of time in Berlin enjoiyng its diverse nightlife. Due to the financially precarious situation of the young couple, Ada worked as a singer in a variety show. Emil Nolde may have found inspiration for the lithograph "Junges Paar" during an evening out in Berlin: the young couple in stately attire - he in tails, she in a kimono - could be on their way to a party or they may have been actors at a theater. The actual identity of these two is secondary. The theme of the present work is the tension between the two sexes and the different emotional readings, as suggested by the different color combinations. In just eight weeks of collaboration with the Westphalen lithography studio in Flensburg, Nolde created his most important and most beautiful lithographs, which are among the most important work of expressionist print art. [SM]


Buyer's premium, taxation and resale right compensation for Emil Nolde "Junges Paar"
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Differential taxation:
Hammer price up to 800,000 €: herefrom 32 % premium.
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The share of the hammer price exceeding 4,000,000 € is subject to a premium of 22 % and is added to the premium of the share of the hammer price up to 4,000,000 €.
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Regular taxation:
Hammer price up to 800,000 €: herefrom 27 % premium.
The share of the hammer price exceeding 800,000 € is subject to a premium of 21% and is added to the premium of the share of the hammer price up to 800,000 €.
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