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Lot 425 D

Gerhard Marcks - Sich Aufstützende

Auction 1134 - overview Cologne
31.05.2019, 17:00 - Modern Art
Estimate: 18.000 € - 22.000 €
Result: 23.560 € (incl. premium)

Gerhard Marcks

Sich Aufstützende

Bronze Height 45.5 cm Artist's mark on the cast-with plinth to the rear, foundry mark "GUSS BARTH BERLIN" and cast number on the back of the plinth. Cast 2/6. - Fine, brown patina.

Gerhard Marcks was already appointed to the Bauhaus in 1919, where he founded and headed the ceramics class before moving on to Burg Giebichenstein one year later as a sculptor. The artist drew essential artistic impulses from the journeys he made to Italy and Greece in the second half of the 1920s - in the mid-1960s Marcks purchased a house on Aegina and subsequently spent much of his time there. Marcks's entire oeuvre is defined by the human figure. The captivating momentum of the body's turning and interweaving in space is an old sculptural theme - the ancient statue of the “Boy with Thorn” and the “Badende” by Wilhelm Lehmbruck can provide a chronological frame here - and this theme is also realised in the fragile counterbalancing of the figure's torsion in Marcks's sculpture of the “Sich Aufstützende”. Semi-abstract formal vocabulary and delineation of the subject matter make the visual idiom of Gerhard Marcks seem unmistakably and constantly recognisable.

Catalogue Raisonné

Rudloff 909; Gerhard Marcks works diary plaster/bronze no. 679


Kunsthaus Lempertz, Cologne (1974); since then Private collection, North Germany


Cologne 1969 (Kunstverein), Gerhard Marcks, cat. no. 84; Baden-Baden 1970 (Galerie Hauswedell), Gerhard Marcks. Plastik, Handzeichnungen, cat. no. 8; Cologne 1974 (Kunsthaus Lempertz), Gerhard Marcks, cat. no. 63, with illus.; Cologne/Berlin/Bremen 1989/1990 (Josef-Haubrich-Kunsthalle/Nationalgalerie/Gerhard-Marcks-Haus), Gerhard Marcks. Retrospektive, cat. no. 355, p. 350 with full-page illus.