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"Spring Auctions Begin With Modern Art on Paper in Hamburg
2001-03-31 until 2001-03-31
Pablo Picassos portrait series of his partner Françoise can be nothing else but a homage to love and to the woman of his heart. The lithograph No. 46, Francoise, will be up for sale in the first spring auction at Ketterer Kunst, the 253rd auction, modern art on paper at Neuer Wall 40 on 31 March 2001. The work measures 61 x 46 cm and is estimated at DM 20,000 - 25,000. The happy artist couples visit to their mutual friend Henri Matisse in Nice in the spring of 1946 inspired not only the sweeping, expressive graphic works - Francoise also expected her first son Claude a few months after their trip to France.
Nu pour Cleveland was made 14 years earlier. This signed engraving of 1932 by Henri Matisse is more than just an appreciation of femininity. It is estimated at DM 15,000 - 17,000.
Another outstanding work of the auction is Marc Chagalls Pirouette au Cirque, a colour lithograph of 1961. The imaginative scene in a circus ring is estimated at DM 10,000 - 12,000. The artist’s Dressage de lanimal fou is estimated at half of this, at DM 4,000 - 6,000. The engraving of 1968 depicts the taming of a wild animal.
Joan Mirò’s Loiseau de nuit of 1962 is a particularly beautiful colour composition. It is estimated at DM 6,000.
Modern German art after 1960 should also attract numerous bidders. Bidding will probably become rather lively over Ida Kerkovius Abstrakte Landschaft. It is a typical work of the artist from Riga, a bright, colourful pastel. The small work was made around 1960 and is estimated at DM 5,000 - 6,000.
The works by Friedensreich Hundertwasser continue to be very popular. His colour lithograph Green Power of 1972 is estimated at DM 8,000 - 10,000, while the two colour woodcuts Homo Humus Humanitas (1987) and Do not wait - Houses move (1989) are estimated at DM 6,000 - 7,000 each.
Other graphic works in this auction are by Gerhard Altenbourg, Horst Antes, Ernst Barlach, Max Beckmann, Hans Bellmer, Lovis Corinth, Otto Dix, Conrad Felixmüller, HAP Grieshaber, Horst Janssen, Hans Hartung, Erich Heckel, Carl Hofer, Ernst Ludwig Kirchner, Max Klinger, Käthe Kollwitz, Alfred Kubin, Max Liebermann, Markus Lüpertz, Gerhard Marcks, Ewald Mataré, Friedrich Meckseper, Paula Modersohn-Becker, Zoran Music, Max Slevogt and Heinrich Zille.
The Pop Art section includes above all works by Jim Dine, Richard Hamilton, Ronald B. Kitaj, Claes Oldenburg, Mel Ramos, James Rosenquist and Robert Rauschenberg.
The photographic section also includes many important names. There is a portrait of Paula Busch of 1965 by Stefan Moses, who also portrayed Roman Norbert Ketterer. The vintage print is estimated at DM 1,200. Other photographic artists include Geraldo de Barros, Chargesheimer, Günter Förg, Nan Goldin, Heinrich Heidersberger, Axel Hütte, Lotte Jacobi, Willy Maywald, Man Ray, Albert Renger-Patzsch, Thomas Ruff, Jan Saudek, Christian Schad, Cindy Sherman, Herbert Tobias, Wim Wenders and Brett Weston. The works are estimated between DM 200 and DM 5,000.
Since its foundation in 1954 Ketterer Kunst has established itself as one of the most important auction houses. While the two annual auctions at the original domicile in the Carolinenpalais in Munich concentrate on Art of the 20th Century, the Hamburg rooms sell modern art on paper four times a year. Apart from two further auctions of Valuable Books and two sales of Old and New Masters in Hamburg Ketterer Kunst also entered the Berlin art market in 1997 with the auction Contemporary Art after 1945. Ketterer Kunst is therefore the only auction house to offer its customers eleven auctions at three locations in Germany.