Otto Ritschl - Der Betrunkene - image-1

Lot 104 D

Otto Ritschl - Der Betrunkene

Auction 1162 - overview Cologne
08.12.2020, 18:00 - Evening Sale - Modern and Contemporary Art
Estimate: 30.000 € - 40.000 €
Result: 118.750 € (incl. premium)

Otto Ritschl

Der Betrunkene

Oil on canvas 76 x 98 cm Framed in studio frame. Signed and dated 'Ritschl 24' in black lower right and verso signed, titled, and inscribed 'Der Betrunkene. Ritschl Wsb. 24' in blue.

“The year 1925 was a decisive one in Ritschl's development as an artist. Over the first half of the twenties, the development in art known as the “New Objectivity” had gained more and more ground. In 1924 Ritschl also moved in this direction because, among other things, it offered him an opportunity to express social criticism. In 1925 his painting “Der Betrunkene”, composition 1924/9, could be seen at the major exhibition “Neue Sachlichkeit” in Mannheim. However, he recognised that this direction in art did not offer him any possibility for further development, due to its strong attachment to the real object. […] In early 1926, from one day to the next, he ceased panting in the style of the New Objectivity and destroyed the pictures he had made up to that time. Only those paintings which were no longer in his possession escaped destruction.” (Maria Velte, Otto Ritschl. Leben und Werk. Mit einem bebilderten Werkverzeichnis der Gemälde von 1919-1969, Koblenz 1970, pp. IX f.).

Catalogue Raisonné

Velte 1924/9; Mirus 1924/9


Collection Hermann Glock, Wiesbaden; Galerie Döbele, Dresden; Private collection, South Germany


Mannheim 1929 (Städt. Kunsthalle Mannheim), Aussstellung "Neue Sachlichkeit". Deutsche Malerei seit dem Expressionismus, cat. no. 86