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    Sale 7600

    Impressionist and Modern Art Day Sale

    25 June 2008, London, King Street

  • Lot 412

    Vilhelm Bjerke-Petersen (Danish, 1909-1957)

    Ohne Titel

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    Vilhelm Bjerke-Petersen (Danish, 1909-1957)
    Ohne Titel
    signed with the monogram and dated '31' (lower right)
    oil on canvas
    49 5/8 x 30¾ in. (126 x 78 cm.)
    Painted in 1931


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    Executed in 1931, Vilhelm Bjerke-Petersen's Ohne Titel betrays the influence of Paul Klee and Wassily Kandinsky under whom the young artist had studied at the Bauhaus in Dessau where he developed a fascination for the expressive potential of purely abstract forms. Asger Jorn expressed Bjerke-Petersen's tendency to instil his works with subtle points of reference to the real world by stating '“he created abstract art which did not believe in abstraction' (cited in U. Peters, Internationale Sprachen der Kunst: Gemälde, Zeichnungen und Skulpturen der Klassischen Moderne aus der Sammlung Hoh, exh. cat., Nuremberg, 1998).

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    Provenance

    Anonymous sale, Sotheby's, London, 18 October 1990, lot 114.
    Acquired at the above sale by the present owner.


    Pre-Lot Text

    PROPERTY FROM THE HOH COLLECTION


    Exhibited

    Altenburg, Lindenau-Museum, Internationale Sprachen der Kunst: Gemälde, Zeichnungen und Skulpturen der Klassischen Moderne aus der Sammlung Hoh, August - October 1998, no. 11 (illustrated p. 43); this exhibition later travelled to Osnabrück, Kulturgeschichtliches Museum Felix-Nussbaum-Haus, Dortmund, Museum am Ostwall and Nuremberg, Germanisches Nationalmuseum.
    Hamburg, Ernst Barlach Haus, Stiftung Hermann F. Reemtsma, Kunst ohne Grenzen, Werke der Internationalen Avantgarde von 1910 bis 1940 aus der Sammlung Hoh, January - April 2005, no. 44 (illustrated p. 67).
    Silkeborg, Kunstmuseum, Vilhelm Bjerke Petersen, March - June 2006.