Otto Mueller - Fünf gelbe Akte am Wasser (Fünf Mädchen am Strand. Nordsee; Badende Mädchen) - image-1

Lot 220 Dα

Otto Mueller - Fünf gelbe Akte am Wasser (Fünf Mädchen am Strand. Nordsee; Badende Mädchen)

Modern Art  29.05.2015, 18:00 - 29.05.2015, 23:59

Estimate: 28.000 € - 32.000 €
Result: 44.640 €

Otto Mueller

Fünf gelbe Akte am Wasser (Fünf Mädchen am Strand. Nordsee; Badende Mädchen)

Colour lithograph on yellowish, slightly hammered laid paper 33.5 x 44 cm (42.5/43.5 x 52.8/53 cm) Framed under glass. Signed. One of approx. 30 uncounted, signed preliminary artist proofs on this paper, prior to the edition of 100 monogrammed proofs for the Hyperion-Verlag. - The former mat opening minimally browned and with narrow light-stain.

The lithograph “Fünf gelbe Akte am Wasser” was printed from three stones - in black, yellow and cobalt blue, and it is among the few motifs in Otto Mueller's printed oeuvre created for polychrome printing from the start. As is well known, the sheets of the famous “Zigeunermappe” represent a colouristic climax in this respect. Generally, however, the artist characteristically limited himself to a handful of striking accents of colour and a few colours in his compositions. It is well known that he repeatedly experimented with colour by using primarily watercolours or pastel chalk to delicately rework individual impressions of his lithographs in up to three different tones. A series of unique artworks was created in this way (cf. “Hybriden - Die handkolorierten Lithografien Otto Muellers, in: exhib. cat. Otto Mueller: Eine Retrospektive, Munich 2003, pp. 183 ff.). According to Florian Karsch, Otto Mueller presumably first discovered the technique of the polychrome lithographic print after becoming a professor at the Breslau (Wroclaw) academy, after which he had access to the extended possibilities of the workshop there. “Fünf gelbe Akte am Wasser” is printed on yellowish laid paper and stylistically - in the boldness of the figure drawing and the complementary tones in the application of colour - it stands in the tradition of the “Brücke” and Expressionism. “Fünf gelbe Akte am Wasser” actually repeats a large-format painting - the same motif is seen in reverse - that was created around 1914, was last exhibited in Wroclaw in 1931 and whose whereabouts are now unknown (cf. von Lüttichau/Pirsig Mappe 609 with b/w illus.).

Catalogue Raisonné

Karsch 156 b (of c)


The Tremmel Collection, Munich; Private possession, North Germany


Lothar-Günter Buchheim, Otto Mueller, Leben und Werk, Feldafing 1963, no.107 with illus.; annexed "Werkverzeichnis der Graphik Otto Muellers von Florian Karsch", no. 156 with illus. ("Badeszene mit fünf gelben Akten"); Sammlung Tremmel, Vom Impressionismus zum Expressionismus, Ketterer Kunst Munich, 282. auction, 6 May 2003, lot 920 with colour illus.


Berlin 1931 (Galerie Ferdinand Möller), Otto Mueller, Das graphische Werk, cat. no. 63 and 64 ("Badende Mädchen")