Rudolf Schlichter - Tischgesellschaft. Verso: Studie zu Stehender im Unterrock
Tischgesellschaft. Verso: Studie zu Stehender im Unterrock
Double-sided pen and ink drawing on chamois-coloured drawing pad paper, 3 margins jagged 41 x 52.2 cm resp. 52.2 x 41 cm Framed under glass (double-sided). Signed and dated 'Rudolf Schlichter 1926' with pencil lower right and titled 'Tischgesellschaft' on the left. - Remnants of a former mounting in the corners verso.
The contradiction between the exuberant amusements of the metropolis Berlin in the "Golden Twenties" and the misery of those who belonged to the losers of this era due to war, inflation, and unemployment was addressed by the artists of New Objectivity in an often ruthless, caricaturing manner. "This open criticism, on the other hand, is seldom to be found in Schlichter's paintings of the big city. He loved to draw coffee house or bar scenes [...]. Here Schlichter often concentrates on the conversations between people whose faces show exhaustion, but also silence and numbness." (Sigrid Lange, in: Rudolf Schlichter. Eros and Apokalypse, exhib.cat. Mittelrhein-Museum Koblenz 2016, p. 74).
Private collection, Italy