Walter Ophey - Feuerlilien - image-1

Lot 838 Dα

Walter Ophey - Feuerlilien

Auction 1013 - overview Cologne
25.05.2013, 11:30 - Modern Art May 25 2013
Estimate: 18.000 € - 22.000 €
Result: 19.520 € (incl. premium)

Oil on canvas 78.5 x 66.5 cm, framed. Barely legible signature 'WOPHEY' lower right. By foreign hand inscribed "von Walter benannt "Feuerlilie"" on reverse of stretcher.

Kraus G 382

The relatively few paintings that Walter Ophey created during the First World War are, in the majority, portraits of friends and still lifes. The tiger lilies that give the painting its title extend far into the pictorial plane of the image with their elongated and bizarre forms. With the table top, somewhat folded into the plane and appearing to create an uncertain surface for the pitcher, and the expressive colours, the overall result is an expression of nervous dynamism, characteristic of the work of this period.


Purchased at Lempertz, Cologne, 1980, auction 576, lot 539; formerly private collection, North Rhine-Westphalia, estate