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Lot 320 Dα

Elfriede Lohse-Wächtler - Neben dem Bahngelände

Auction 1110 - overview Cologne
01.06.2018, 17:00 - Modern Art
Estimate: 8.000 € - 10.000 €
Result: 12.400 € (incl. premium)

Elfriede Lohse-Wächtler

Neben dem Bahngelände

Watercolour and India ink over preparatory pencil drawing on heavy, grained watercolour card 58.7 x 45.7 cm Framed under glass. Signed and inscribed 'B8) - Neben dem Bahngelände -/ Aquarell/ E. Lohse-Wächtler' in pencil verso left and with dimensions '43,5 x 57 cm'; alongside a minimally rubbed small round stamp "ELW Nachlaß Elfriede Lohse-Wächtler [...?]". - The verso in landscape format with the watercoloured depiction of a green alligator. - In fine condition with vibrant colours. Drawing pin traces in the corners. - A small tear in upper and lower margin.

Elfriede Lohse-Wächtler was born in Dresden in 1899 and began her artistic training in 1915 at the school of applied arts, simultaneously receiving instruction in drawing and painting from Otto Gussmann at Dresden's academy of fine art until 1921. In the Saxon art metropolis she was friends with the initiators of the “Dresdner Sezessions-Gruppe 1919”, who included Otto Dix, Conrad Felixmüller and Otto Griebel. Between 1927 and 1931, a period filled with many private misfortunes, Lohse-Wächtler created her most important works in Hamburg. In addition to landscapes, her numerous oil paintings, watercolours and drawings primarily depict highly expressive portraits from her personal milieu. In 1937 her works, which are related to expressive realism, were denigrated as degenerate and some of them were destroyed. After becoming severely mentally ill, Lohse-Wächtler was murdered in 1940 in the context of the Nazi's euthanasia programme. Today she is seen as a painter of Germany's “lost generation”.


Artist's estate; Private collection, North Rhine-Westphalia


Winfried Reichert (ed.), with Rita E. Täuber, Wider die Erwartung, Elfriede Lohse-Wächtler 1899-1940, Rothenbuch b. Aschaffenburg 1993, with full-page colour illus. p. 21