Lesser Ury - Hochbahnhof Nollendorfplatz von der Bülowstraße aus gesehen, Berlin - image-1

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Lesser Ury - Hochbahnhof Nollendorfplatz von der Bülowstraße aus gesehen, Berlin

Auction 1177 - overview Cologne
17.06.2021, 18:00 - Modern/Contemporary Art - Evening Sale
Estimate: 80.000 € - 120.000 €
Result: 125.000 € (incl. premium)

Lesser Ury

Hochbahnhof Nollendorfplatz von der Bülowstraße aus gesehen, Berlin
Circa 1920s

Oil on canvas 52 x 35 cm Framed. Signed 'Lesser Ury' in black lower left. - Stamp verso on stretcher "LEOPOL[D HESS]/Kunstmaterial[ien]/Berlin W., Genthiner-[...].". - Minor retouches to outermost upper and right margins.

Lesser Ury was no less able to uncover atmospheric aspects in the Berlin cityscape than he was capable of strikingly presenting the landscape of the countryside around Berlin. With the passage of time his famous, snapshot-like images of urban traffic increasingly shifted from the horsepower of coaches to that of automobiles. Here, as is evidently also the case in a pastel from the 1920s, the view of the elevated rail station at Schöneberg's Nollendorfplatz is shown as seen from Bülowstraße. Architectural backdrops are quite rare in Ury's work. In this picture, the scenery is set off against the cast iron-and-glass construction of the station's dome which, like the cars driving on the street below, stands for the hectic tempo of Berlin. The reflections on the rain-covered asphalt and the reflecting headlights simultaneously offer a bright foil for the slim, elegant silhouettes of the ladies rushing past. The bold red and green of their coats intensify a tonality that generally remains monochrome, set the lead-grey tones of blue resonating in nuanced facets and invest the urban scene with a subtle vitality.


With a photo-certificate and expert report by Sibylle Groß, Berlin, dated 10 May 2021; the painting will be included in the catalogue raisonné of works by Lesser Ury currently under preparation. We would like to thank Sibylle Groß for kind information after presentation of the work.


Collection S. (until 1935); Internationales Kunst-und Auktionshaus Berlin, Antiquitäten. Gemälde alter und neuer Meister. Gold Dosen, 12 March 1935, lot 105 (Untergrundbahnhof Nollendorfplatz in Berlin; sold 280 Reichsmark); Private collection, Rhineland/South Germany (since the 1950s)


Price reviews, Internationales Kunst- und Auktionshaus, Berlin, 12 March 1935, in: Weltkunst, 17 March 1935, no. 11, p. 4 ; cf. auction catalogue Villa Grisebach, Ausgewählte Werke, 3 June 2005, lot 10 with colour illus.: Nollendorfplatz, pastel 49.6 x 35 cm