Ernst Ludwig Kirchner - Zwei nackte Mädchen

Ernst Ludwig Kirchner

Zwei nackte Mädchen
Circa 1912-1914

Brush and India ink drawing on smooth, brown paper. Verso with a sketch of plant and flower motifs in pencil 58.4/59.4 x 35/36.2 cm Framed under glass. Signed 'E L Kirchner' in pencil within the depiction lower left. Basel estate stamp (Lugt 1570b) lower left verso, therein inscribed "P Be/Bg 2" in black India ink and barely legibly titled 'Zwei nackte Mädchen [...]' in pencil right. - The paper irregularly cut and slightly creased overall. The central lower margin with an old backed tear.

According to Gerd Presler, the present studio scene is one of Kirchner's rather rare sheer ink wash drawings created in his early years in Berlin. Kirchner mostly used brush and India ink in combination with pen and ink.

Certificate

We would like to thank Gerd Presler, Weingarten, for complementary information.

Provenance

Lempertz Cologne, auction 561, Kunst des XX. Jahrhunderts, 3 Dec. 1977, lot 332 ("Paar"); Private collection, Cologne; Private possession, Rhineland

Lot 416 Dα

Estimate:
12.000 € - 15.000 €

Result:
19.840 €