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    Sale 2044

    Prints and Multiples

    28 - 29 October 2008, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 229


    Düsterer Männerkopf (S./M. L17; Ackley, Benson & Carlson 35)

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    Düsterer Männerkopf (S./M. L17; Ackley, Benson & Carlson 35)
    lithograph in colors, 1907/15, on wove paper, Schiefler/Mosel's third (final) state, titled and signed twice in pencil (one signature reinforced), annotated 'Aufl No 5' (the edition was 24), the full sheet, handling creases throughout, a small pale foxmark at subject's nose, a slightly darker area in the blacks near the nose, several creases in the lower right blacks, a small pinhole at the lower left where the black meets the pink, occasional pale stains in the pinks, several nicks, tears and pinholes at the sheet corners, pale foxing on the reverse, occasional staining, tape and adhesive remains in places along the reverse of the sheet edges, otherwise in good condition, framed
    S. 24 x 17 1/8 in. (610 x 435 mm.)

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    Düesterer Männerkopf was among Nolde's first attempts in lithography. As noted in Clifford Ackley, et al. Nolde: The Painter's Prints (Boston Museum of Fine Arts and Los Angeles County Museum of Art, 1995), Nolde added the color border in 1915, eight years after printing the original black area. The process partly effaced his original 1907 signature so the artist reinforced it and added a second signature below the color. He then individually numbered the impressions from the 1915 edition of approximately 24.

    Pre-Lot Text

    Property from the Estate of Dr. Gerhard Straus