Art Auction of Works of up to € 20.000 by 330 International Artists
Arts' biggest names
Amiet
Cuno Amiet
Brustbild einer Dame (Irene)
Oil on canvas, 1925
46 x 38,5 cm (18.1 x 15.1in)
Estimate: € 25.000-30.000
Munich, 28 March, 2012, (kk) Ė Pablo Picasso, Ernst Ludwig Kirchner, Damien Hirst and Andy Warhol, to name but a few that will be called up in the first spring auction with fine art of up to € 20.000 at Ketterer Kunst in Munich on 27 and 28 April:

   1. Modern Art
    2. Post War/Contemporary Art


Works by renowned artists such as Max Beckmann, Joseph Beuys, Willi Baumeister, Conrad Felixmüller, Andreas Gursky, Erich Heckel, Karl Hofer, Oskar Kokoschka, Käthe Kollwitz, Sol LeWitt, Roy Lichtenstein, Max Liebermann, Markus Lüpertz, Henry Moore, Emil Nolde, Otto Piene, Sigmar Polke, Arnulf Rainer, Mel Ramos, Gerhard Richter, Christian Rohlfs and Richard Ziegler may perhaps go for a price in the three- or low four-digit region.

"This not only offers opportunities to increase an existing collection, it is also a great way to start a first own collection", said Robert Ketterer.
On 1. Modern Art This section is led by "Brustbild einer Dame (Irene)" by Cuno Amiet from 1925. The line management and coloring hint at the influence of Ferdinand Hodler, however, in terms of expressive- and distinctiveness that fills the portrait, Amiet grew beyond his great idol. The depicted personís sternness and elegance are in a fascinating contrast to her soft girlish appearance. With great poise Amiet captures her temperament and characteristics that make her an attractive model and gifted dancer. The work comes from the estate of a lady whose artist pseudonym was Irene. She was a friend of Amiet and donated a self portrait of the artist to the Kunstmuseum Solothurn after her death in 1999. The estimate is at € 25.000-30.000.

Other top lots in this section are Pablo Picasso's lithograph "Homards et poissons" (estimate: € 18.000-20.000) and Hermann Hesse's watercolor "Montagnola", which shows the artistís Ticino home in a sophisticated composition. Additionally, the work by the self-taught artist captivates the observer with its splendid colors that gain their illuminating power from the contrast of warm earthen tones and fresh shades of green. The estimate is at € 16.000-22.000.

Estimated at € 14.000-18.000 each, the oil painting "Künftige Lenze" (1956) by Hannah Höch, the pastel chalk work "Anbetung der Könige" by Adolf Hölzel and a chalk drawing by Gustav Klimt will enter the race. His "Weibliche Gestalt in langem Gewand, ein Saiteninstrument spielend" was made around 1896. The model study reaches far beyond the realms of a preliminary work. It is an independent graphic work that does not only render account of Klimtís view of reality, even more, it takes the observer right into a world of emotional and sensual expression.

Besides several works by Conrad Felixmüller (among others, "Liegau: Seifersdorfer Tal", estimate € 8.000 - 10.000) other works that will excite the audience are Lyonel Feininger's fragile yet friendly "Merry Christmas Ghosties" (estimate: € 7.500-9.500) and Sonia Delaunay-Terk's portfolio "Arthur Rimbaud Les Illuminations" with 15 pochoirs in colors from 1973 (estimate: € 12.000-15.000) as well as Ernst Nay's "Lofoten" (estimate: € 10.000-15.000), in which earthen tones like ochre, green and gray combine to form an impressive symphony of nature.
Schnell
David Schnell - Raps
Egg-oil tempera and charcoal on canvas. 2001
209,5 x 150,3 cm ( 82.4 x 59.1 in)
Estimate: € 30.000-40.000
On 2. Post War/Contemporary Art Top of the list in this section comes from one of the most renowned representatives of the New Leipzig School. David Schnell's large-sized egg-oil tempera work "Raps" is an example of the artist's examination of the relation between history and his own living environment. Extreme vantage points and construction lines lead the observer's eye far into the landscape's depth, but not only to a remote vanishing point, it goes beyond the horizon, even beyond the imageís space. The estimate is at € 30.000-40.000.

Besides Martin Eder's oil painting "Ohne Titel (Californian carrots)" from 1994, which will enter the race at € 15.000-20.000, it is particularly Walter Dahn's striking work "Russischer Frühling I-IV", made some 14 years earlier, that will fascinate the audience. The monumental acrylic-work consists of four independent and self-contained compositions variegated by pictogram-like figures. The intensive process of creation with numerous preliminary drawings becomes clear through the figure studies on verso. The work has been estimated at € 15.000-20.000.

A little below this mark, with an estimate of € 12.000-15.000 each, we find Vicor Vasarely's "Composition N8" from 1955 and Dieter Roth's series of 6 double-page silkscreens in colors "6 Piccadillies" from 1969-70.

From the 1960s with love - it is the three American artists Bert Stern, Andy Warhol and Richard Pettibone that have one thing in common - the passion for making the unforgettable glamour-goddess Marilyn Monroe the central theme of their art. Estimates for their works range between € 2.000 and € 12.000.

   Preview of all works

April 19-25    Ketterer Kunst, Joseph-Wild-Str. 18, Munich-Riem (fairgrounds)

    Auction:

April 27   as of 1 p.m.    Modern Art
April 28   as of 12 a.m.   Post War/Contemporary Art
                Ketterer Kunst Joseph-Wild-Str. 18, Munich-Riem (fairgrounds)

Since it was founded in 1954, Ketterer Kunst has been firmly established in the front ranks of auction houses dealing in fine art and rare books, with its headquarters in Munich and a branch in Hamburg. Gallery rooms in Berlin as well as representatives in Heidelberg and Krefeld have contributed substantially to the company's success. In addition, exhibitions, special theme and charity auctions as well as online auctions are regular events at Ketterer Kunst. Robert Ketterer is auctioneer and owner of Ketterer Kunst.
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