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    Sale 7702

    Impressionist/Modern, Day Sale

    5 February 2009, London, King Street

  • Lot 421

    Auguste Herbin (French, 1882-1960)

    Composition symétrique

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    Auguste Herbin (French, 1882-1960)
    Composition symétrique
    signed and dated 'herbin juin 1921' (lower right)
    oil on panel
    31 7/8 x 23¾ in. (81 x 59.8 cm.)
    Painted in June 1921

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    This painting is sold with a photo-certificate from Geneviève Claisse.

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    Galerie l'Effort Moderne [Léonce Rosenberg], Paris.
    Arnold Neuweiler, Bern.
    Anonymous sale, Galerie Kornfeld, Bern, 22 June 1990, lot 39 (CHF170,000).
    Acquired at the above sale by the present owner.
    On loan to the Germanisches Nationalmuseum, Nuremberg, since 1995.

    Pre-Lot Text


    German collectors based in Fürth in Northern Bavaria, Alfred and Elisabeth Hoh started their unique collection in the mid-1980s. They began with prints, amassing one of the largest, private German collections of German Expressionist print portfolios, which are now housed at the Lindenau-Museum Altenburg. Mr and Mrs Hoh's curious and discerning eye combined with extensive research allowed them to extend the focus of their collection to encompass paintings, works on paper and sculpture of the highest quality by European avant-garde artists from the first quarter of the 20th Century. The depth of this collection is apparent in the impressive range of nationalities represented - Russian, Hungarian, Belgian, German, French, Czech, Danish, Dutch, Norwegian, and Swedish. The assembled artists were all innovators, seeking to articulate a new modernist vision of the world. Often unique in having this ambition in their own country, they reached out across international borders to fellow pioneers to share and exchange ideas. The Hoh Collection is thus a fascinating cross-section of the most important early 20th Century European art movements including Expressionism, Futurism, Divisionism and Cubism.

    Eager to share their passion for the avant-garde with the public at large, the Hohs toured their collection under the fitting title, International Languages of Art, to various museums in Germany between 1998 and 2000, and again in 2005. Their collection is the subject of three publications; Ursula Peters' Internationale Sprachen der Kunst: Gemälde, Zeichnungen und Skulpturen der Klassischen Moderne aus der Sammlung Hoh (Nuremberg, 1998), Jutta Penndorf's Ruhelos und ohne des Schlafes Geschenk (Leipzig, 2000) and Sebastian Giesen & Ulrich Luckhardt's, Kunst ohne Grenzen. Werken der Internationalen Avantgarde von 1910 bis 1940 aus der Sammlung Hoh (Hamburg, 2005).

    Part of the Hoh Collection was sold in these Rooms on 24-25 June 2008, with many works achieving record prices for artists such as Natalia Gontcharova, whose painting Les fleurs became the most expensive work by a female artist sold at auction.



    Paris, Galerie l'Effort Moderne, 1921.
    Altenburg, Lindenau-Museum, Internationale Sprachen der Kunst: Gemälde, Zeichnungen und Skulpturen der Klassischen Moderne aus der Sammlung Hoh, August - October 1998, no. 35 (illustrated p. 101); this exhibition later travelled to Osnabrück, Kulturgeschichtliches Museum Felix-Nussbaum-Haus, Dortmund, Museum am Ostwall and Nuremberg, Germanisches Nationalmuseum.
    Bonn, August-Macke-Haus, Otto Freundlich und die rheinische Kunstszene, September 2006 - January 2007 (illustrated p. 272).