Christian Rohlfs - Sonnenblume im Mondlicht - image-1

Lot 465 Dα

Christian Rohlfs - Sonnenblume im Mondlicht

Auction 1143 - overview Cologne
30.11.2019, 11:30 - Modern Art II
Estimate: 20.000 € - 25.000 €
Result: 39.680 € (incl. premium)

Christian Rohlfs

Sonnenblume im Mondlicht

Water tempera and coloured chalk on watercolour laid paper with watermark "PM FABRIANO", mounted on card 78.6 x 58.5 cm Framed under glass. Monogrammed and dated 'CR 34' lower right. - Viibrant colours.

When viewing this unusual sheet by Christian Rohlfs in water-based tempera, the moonlight of the work's title immediately becomes recognisable in its diffuse, somewhat pallid quality. The artist, a master in the expert use of colours, invests the simple vegetation with a mysterious, somewhat spectral aura solely through the mood of the light. At the same time, he uses a broad brush to develop his work entirely out of the colours, and he forgoes any sort of contour lines. In the manner of a photographic negative, the directly transparent appearance of the foliage and the characteristic aureole of the sunflower emerge out of the nocturnal darkness.

Catalogue Raisonné

Vogt 1934-35


Prof. Dr. Inhoffen, Braunschweig; Private possession, Switzerland; Private possession, Baden-Württemberg


Braunschweig n. yr. (Kunstverein - Haus Salve Hospes), Christian Rohlfs (label on frame backing)