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    Sale 7600

    Impressionist and Modern Art Day Sale

    25 June 2008, London, King Street

  • Lot 458

    Christoph Voll (German, 1897-1939)

    Porträt des Kritikers Arthur Binz

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    Christoph Voll (German, 1897-1939)
    Porträt des Kritikers Arthur Binz
    Height: 36 5/8 in. (93 cm.)
    Executed circa 1926

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    Christoph Voll's Expressionist oeuvre marked him out as a clear successor to the artists of Die Brücke and Der Blaue Reiter. He was destined to become a sculptor, beginning his apprenticeship to a stonemason in Dresden at the age of fourteen. After the First World War, he studied at the Kunstakademie, Dresden for three years from 1919 to 1922. He joined the Gruppe 19, which included Conrad Felixmüller, Otto Dix and Lasar Segall among its members, all united in their conviction that artists could create a better world by forcing man to confront the truth and horror of the modern day. Porträt des Kritikers Arthur Binz from 1926 is an extraordinarily evocative portrait of Voll's fellow academic at the Staatliche Schule für Kunst und Handwerk. Two years before Voll's death, his work was recognised internationally at the 1937 exhibition at the Kunsthaus Zürich alongside that of Albiker, Kolbe, and Schiessler, earning him the reputation as one of Germany's most important sculptors.

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    Anonymous sale, Lempertz, Cologne, 4 December 2002, lot 1097.
    Acquired at the above sale by the present owner.

    Pre-Lot Text



    W. Hofmann, Die Plastik des 20. Jahrhunderts, Frankfurt, 1958, p. 20.
    W. Weber, Der Bildhauer Christoph Voll, Milan/Munich, 1975, (illustrated pl. 21).
    A.M. Kassay-Friedländer, Der Bildhauer Christoph Voll, 1897 - 1939, Worms, 1994, no. 51 (illustrated fig. 73).
    D. Schubert, 'Skulpturen und Plastiken des Expressionismus', in unsthistorische Arbeitsblätter, no. 4, 2004 (illustrated p. 59, fig. 14).
    D. Schubert, 'Holzbildwerke von Christoph Voll', in Anzeiger des Germanischen Nationalmuseums, Nuremberg, 2006, pp. 173-174 (illustrated fig. 1).


    Berlin, Galerie Neumann-Nierendorf, Christoph Voll: Holzskulpturen, Aquarelle, Zeichnungen, Grafik, 1927.
    Karlsruhe, Städtische Galerie, Die 20er Jahre in Karlsruhe, December 2005 - March 2006 (illustrated p. 195).
    Bremen, Gerhard-Marcks-Haus, Christoph Voll, Skulptur zwischen Expressionismus und Realismus, 2007.