Auction 173D

Modern Art and Old Masters

20. March 2024 at 5:00 PM CET

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Our art auction in the first half of 2024 will start with a very special chapter: discover over 25 lots from an attractive private collection dedicated to the art of the Old Masters. On offer are prints, drawings and paintings by (southern) German, Dutch and Italian masters from the 16th to the 18th centuries. In addition to secular scenes and still lifes, the collection also includes numerous motifs from the Ars sacra; the painting Christ and John the Baptist as Children (estimate EUR 6,000 - 8,000) from the workshop of Joos van Cleve is a wonderful example of Old Netherlandish painting, which often finds its subjects in Christian themes. The Madonna lactans (estimate EUR 3,000 - 5,000) with the motif of a nursing mother, also comes from van Cleve's circle. This type of motif was depicted since the late antiquity and became a frequently used subject for van Cleve and his workshop.

As usual, art from the late 19th and early 20th centuries is also represented in our auction. Here, a painting attributed to Christian Morgenstern can be found (estimate EUR 2,000 - 4,000) as well as two works by the famous German animal painter Wilhelm Kuhnert. The large-format work 'Old Cape Buffalo at a Pond' (estimate EUR 7,000 - 9,000) was created in the first quarter of the 20th century and shows the horned animal separated from the rest of the herd at a waterhole. His portrait of 'Sultan Solero' is in a completely different style, but just as impressive. The sultan stares directly into the viewer’s eye from a strictly frontal perspective, making it difficult to take your eyes off him. The artist's diary entries reveal that he was caught up in the so-called Maji Maji uprising on his second expedition to East Africa in 1905/06. Kuhnert mentions the name of the sultan in writing to the effect that his tribe supported the German colonial troops. We would like to thank Dr. Angelika Grettmann-Werner for the information and the expert reports on the two paintings on offer.

In the field of post-war art, our highlight is Walter Stöhrer's painting from 1963 estimate EUR 15,000 - 20,000). Born in Stuttgart, the artist studied at the Academy of Fine Arts in Karlsruhe under HAP Grieshaber, one of the leading representatives of German post-war art. Stöhrer became a member of the Deutscher Künstlerbund and received numerous awards and scholarships. The painting offered in the auction is an outstanding example of Stöhrer's abstract art, which is characterized by vibrant colors, flowing forms and a dynamic composition.

LOVE IS IN THE AIR is the name of another special chapter within the art auction. It contains selected objects from a private collection, all of which deal with the theme of love and express this in a visual way. As shown in the 'The Love Ring' from 1969 (estimate EUR 800 - 1,200), almost every lot in the collection bears the word 'LOVE', coined by Robert Indiana in the early 1960s. The catchphrase was created when the Museum of Modern Art in New York commissioned Indiana to design a Christmas card for them. However, the artist lost the rights to market the lettering, as the card bore the copyright notice of the museum and not that of the artist. As a result, LOVE spread worldwide and in countless media such as prints, sculptures, rings and stamps and became the epitome of a pop art motif. Enchant your loved one(s) with a small or large gift that additionally have collector's value.