Oskar Schlemmer - Akt und Frau

Oskar Schlemmer - Akt und Frau - image-1
Oskar Schlemmer - Akt und Frau - image-1

Oskar Schlemmer

Akt und Frau
Circa 1925

Watercolour and pencil on very thin paper, laid down on card. The motif outlined linearly in pencil. 17.6 x 6.4 cm (card 20.5 x 8.7 cm). Framed under glass. Unsigned. - Inscribed with work number "528" (Hans Hildebrandt) in margin lower left in pencil. - Overall slightly browned. Minor superficial paper defect in the ground at right side.

The human being unmistakably stands at the centre of Schlemmer's art and is, for him, not a representational motif but a cosmic being and world-totality. As a teacher at the Bauhaus, 1925 was a year of upheaval for Oskar Schlemmer. In March of that year, the entire teaching staff in Weimar was dismissed, and it was only after thinking the matter over that Schlemmer decided to go with Walter Gropius to Dessau, where the Bauhaus was to find its new site.

Our watercolour provides illuminating insight into Schlemmer's investigations of the manifest forms of humankind between (meta)physical being and physiognomic individual. The dualism specific to Schlemmer's worldview seems to unfold in an almost allegorical form in the profile views of a woman in a blue dress and an undressed male nude facing in opposite directions. In a foil-like manner, Schlemmer has placed the two figures exactly in front of one another, although - in their strict tectonic character - they seem less to be standing still than to have been captured in a moment of movement. Thus the work reveals to its viewers the passage of two figures and simultaneously the passage of spatiality and time, whose modes of depiction Oskar Schlemmer was able to vary in a masterful manner.

Catalogue Raisonné

v. Maur A 194

Provenance

Galerie Krugier, Geneva; Galerie Herbert Meyer-Ellinger, Frankfurt (1974); Private collection, North Germany

Literature

Hans Hildebrandt (ed.), Oskar Schlemmer. Monographie, Munich 1952, Oskar Schlemmer: Katalog des Werks, no. 528, p. 142 ("Akt und Frauen", here dated "um [circa] 1924/1925")

Exhibitions

I.a. Stuttgart 1953 (Württembergischer Kunstverein), Oskar Schlemmer, Gedächtnisausstellung zum 10jährigen Todestag, cat. no. 207; Bern 1959 (Kunsthalle Bern), Oskar Schlemmer, cat. no. 108; Wanderausstellung Hanover/ Mannheim/ Saarbrücken/ Ulm/ Wiesbaden/ Karlsruhe/ Dortmund/ Kiel/ Pforzheim/ Lübeck/ Bremen 1960/1961 (Kestner-Gesellschaft/ Städtische Kunsthalle/ Saarland-Museum/ Ulmer Museum/ Nassauischer Kunstverein/ Badischer Kunstverein/ Museum am Ostwall/ Kunsthalle, Schleswig-Holsteinischer Kunstverein/ Kunst- und Gewerbeverein Industriehaus/ Overbeck-Gesellschaft/ Kunstverein Bremen), Oskar Schlemmer, Handzeichnungen - Aquarelle, cat. no. 33; Geneva 1964 (Galerie Krugier), Oskar Schlemmer, Suites No. 6, cat. no. 46; Geneva 1972 (Galerie Krugier), Le Silence des Autres, cat. no. 3 with ill.; Geneva 1973 (Musée Rath), Art du XXe Siècle, Collections genevoises, cat. no. 80 with ill. p. 100

Lot 79 Dα

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30.000 € - 40.000 €

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