The sale of Lovis Corinth's 30 colour lithographs illustrating Johann Wolfgang Goethe's Reinecke Fuchs is one of the highlights of the 254th auction modern art on paper on 18 May 2001 at Ketterer Kunst Hamburg, Neuer Wall 40. The extremely rare work – there are only two copies – is estimated at DM 18,000 – 20,000. The series was printed in 1920 on heavy parchment and is one of 790 lots, of which more than 70 lots are modern photographs.
Very colourful is a Komposition mit Figurengruppe (Composition with a group of figures) by Adolf Hölzel, which is depicted on the cover of the catalogue. The pastel by the teacher of important artists such as Willy Baumeister, Oskar Schlemmer and Ida Kerkovius is based on Goethe's Theory of Colour and should sell for at least DM 12,000 – 16,000.
The section of classical modern art is headed by Otto Mueller’s crayon drawing Stehender weiblicher Rückenakt (Standing Female Nude, seen from the Back) of 1925-30. The current owner bought the work at the 101st auction at Wolfgang Ketterer in Munich in 1985. It is estimated at DM 22,000 – 32,000. Another work by Otto Mueller is the Bahnhof Schmiedeberg (Riesengebirge) (Schmiedeberg Station – Riesengebirge), a very dark black lithograph which is dated 1920-25. It was originally referred to as Straße in Berlin (Street in Berlin) before the Otto Mueller expert Florian Karsch identified the scene by a comparison with the painting Rote Landschaft mit roter Mauer (Red Landscape with Red Wall). The extremely rare sheet is estimated at DM 12,000 – 15,000.
Edgar Degas sketched the figure of a Notable at the end of the 19th century. The existing expertise of Theodore Reff states that this work was made after a painting in the Musée des Beaus-Arts in Lyon where the artist spent the summer of 1855. The work should change hands for an estimated DM 7,000.
Ewald Mataré's woodcut with watercolour Mauerwerk III is dated 1932. The rare, hand-coloured print was in the collection Neuerburg in Cologne and should easily exceed its estimate of DM 6,000 – 8,000.
Joan Miró's aquatint engraving Le Grand Carnassier of 1969 shows impressive colours and forms and is estimated at DM 14,000 – 15,000, while Le Lézard aux plumes d’or (colour lithograph, 1973) should fetch DM 10,000 – 12,000 and Oda à Joan Miró (colour lithograph, 1973) is estimated at DM 8,000 – 9,000.
Abstraction in brilliant primary colours is shown in Sonja Delaunay’s gouache with charcoal Circle. The attractive composition is up for sale for the reasonable estimate of DM 8,000 – 9,000.
The section of contemporary graphic art boasts Friedensreich Hundertwasser’s series of ten colour serigraphs Regentag-Look at it on a rainy day for an estimated DM 22,000 – 25,000. This work should also attract lively bidding duels, as other copies of this portfolio in previous auctions exceeded their estimates considerably.
Crocodile Rock by the Viennese artist Gottfried Helnwein is a photo-realistic original depicting one of the artist’s typical bandaged girls. The work provokes with its chilled and factual representation. It was made in 1978 and is estimated an DM 12,000.
Two Pendants with orange-black painted areas of colour by the internationally famed artist Günter Förg were made in 1900. Together they are estimated at DM 12,000 – 14,000.
American Pop Art enthusiasts should be very keen on the prominent portfolio On the Bowery with works by different New York artists of 1971. The work was edited by the publisher Alex Katz and contains ten colour serigraphs by important artists such as Robert Indiana, Les Levine or Richard Smith. It is estimated at DM 9,000 – 12,000.
The 12 Tierkreiszeichen (12 Signs of the Zodiac) are illustrated by A.R. Penck in a series of large aquatint engravings which is estimated at DM 10,000 – 12,000.
Paul Wunderlich’s Männlicher Torso (Male Torso) was made in a complicated spraying technique over pencil drawing in 1970. The subject originates in the artist’s preoccupation with the Biblical Song of Solomon and is estimated at DM 6,000 – 7,000.
The photographic section includes, among others, works by Anna & Bernhard Blume, Brassai, Peter Brüchmann, Hans Casparius, Chargesheimer, Hugo Erfurth, Steve Fitch, Nan Goldin, Heinz Hajek-Halke, Fritz Henle, Thomas Höpker, Fritz Kempe, Astrid Klein, Barbara Klemm, Nikolaus Korab, Walter Landmann, Robert Lebeck, Herbert List, Hennes Maier, Manassé, Jan Saudek, Werner Tenschert and Herbert Tobias. The estimates range from DM 200 to DM 2,800.
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 XXth Century, the Hamburg rooms sell modern art on paper four times a year. Apart from two further auctions of Rare Books and two sales of Old and New Masters as well as Maritime Art 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 13 auctions per year at three locations in Germany.