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    Sale 2044

    Prints and Multiples

    28 - 29 October 2008, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 124

    ERNST LUDWIG KIRCHNER (1880-1938)

    Porträt Nele van de Velde (Dube L411)

    Price Realised  

    ERNST LUDWIG KIRCHNER (1880-1938)
    Porträt Nele van de Velde (Dube L411)
    transfer lithograph, 1920/23, on yellowish, smooth wove paper, a good impression of this very rare print, signed in pencil, inscribed II. Zustand (Dube erroneously records five states), with wide margins, a pale stain in the lower right corner of the image just above the signature, a diagonal folding crease across the lower margin, another crease across the upper left corner, other minor creases and pale surface soiling mainly in the margins, various pencil inscriptions by different hands in the lower margin and on the reverse, a Swiss customs stamp on the reverse, otherwise in good condition, framed
    L. 21 x 12½ in. (533 x 318 mm.)
    S. 25 5/8 x 19¼ in. (651 x 489 mm.)


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    In a letter to Gustav Schiefler, Kirchner mentioned the present portrait lithograph and dated it to 1919. However, it was only in 1920 that Nele van de Velde visited the artist in Frauenkirch. It must have been then that he drew the portrait onto transfer paper, and probably not before 1923 that he revised the drawing and finally printed it at the Graphischen Anstalt W. Wassermann in Basel.

    Gercken has been able to trace only four impressions of this print, probably including the present impression with the Swiss customs stamp verso.

    We are grateful to Professor Dr. G/uunther Gercken, L/uutjensee, Germany, for his assistance in cataloguing this lot. Professor Gercken is currently preparing the new catalogue raisonn/ae of prints by Ernst Ludwig Kirchner.

    Provenance

    Probably Kornfeld, Berne, 1958 (sale 93), lot 225.


    Pre-Lot Text

    Property from the Estate of Felix F. Fabrizio