Ernst Wilhelm Nay - Prometheus I - image-1

Lot 229 D

Ernst Wilhelm Nay - Prometheus I

Auction 1201 - overview Cologne
02.06.2022, 11:00 - Day Sale - Modern Art
Estimate: 20.000 € - 30.000 €
Result: 45.360 € (incl. premium)

Ernst Wilhelm Nay

Prometheus I

Gouache and watercolour over pencil on watercolour paper. 20.6 x 24.5 cm. Framed under glass. Signed and dated 'Nay 48' lower right in black. - The paper somewhat browned, verso with fragments of old mounting.

'Prometheus I' – as lot 228 – is a good example of his work of the post-war years. Nay found himself fin Le Mans and often worked in small format. Here the colour accents of red and white prevail, spherical elements are scattered over the picture surface, and complement each other almost tonally to form a whole. The strokes become looser; he works with an aperspectival pictorial space.

Catalogue Raisonné

Not recorded by Claesges/Schlüter/Elger-Machov


We would like to thank Magdalena Claesges and Brigitte Schlüter, Ernst Wilhelm Nay Stiftung, Cologne, for kind information. The work will be included in the supplement of the catalogue raisonné under no. 48-161.1.


Acquired from the artist (1950s); thenceforth family property, Rhineland