Sale: 342 / Modern Art / Sideways, Dec. 03. 2008 in Munich Lot 294

 
Hermann Hesse - Ein paar Gedichte


294
Hermann Hesse
Ein paar Gedichte, 1935.
Watercolour
Estimate:
€ 12,000 / $ 12,240
Sold:
€ 14,640 / $ 14.932

(incl. 22% surcharge)

Ein paar Gedichte. 1935.
Sequence of 8 Watercolours over pen and India ink drawings with poems in typoscript in original wrapper.
Milek V/D 46, 54, 55, 98, 177, 445, 477 and 535 (for the poems). Signed, dated, titled and dedicated "Gruss für Ernst Graf" on the wrapper. On soft, fibrous wove paper (double sheets with centrefold) and on firm wove paper (wrapper) respectively. 16,8 : 17,3 cm (6,6 : 6,8 in), each the folded double sheet. Hermann Hesse’s typescripts accompanied by his watercolours are both a feast for the eyes and comfort for the soul. The high aesthetic value of these manuscripts, which Hesse arranged himself, is upheld in an unpretentious statement that is part of Hermann Hesse’s philosophy of life. His small watercolours embody the world as he sees it – as fresh as it appears in its natural simplicity. A touch of melancholy brooding on transience tinges almost all Hesse’s works. His watercolours are not always illustrations to poems; they should instead be viewed as belonging to the same context. [KD]

PROVENIENZ: Ernst Graf (organ player at the cathedral Bern between 1912 and 1937).

Comprising: Leben einer Blume. Nachtregen im Sommer. Blume, Baum, Vogel. September. Dreistimmige Musik. Bei der Nachricht vom Tode eines Freundes. Spruch. Vergänglichkeit.
Loose double sheets in handmade original wrapper
In good condition. Wrapper margins barely noticeably discoloured and with scattered tiny brown stains.




294
Hermann Hesse
Ein paar Gedichte, 1935.
Watercolour
Estimate:
€ 12,000 / $ 12,240
Sold:
€ 14,640 / $ 14.932

(incl. 22% surcharge)