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Lot 67 D

Gerhard Marcks - Alcina II

Auction 1223 - overview Cologne
06.06.2023, 18:00 - Evening Sale - Modern and Contemporary Art
Estimate: 35.000 € - 40.000 €
Result: 69.300 € (incl. premium)

Gerhard Marcks

Alcina II

Bronze. Height 106.3 cm. With artist's signum on the hem of the dress on the right and foundry mark "H.NOACK BERLIN" on the lower back. - With fine dark brown, partially greenish, patina.

Gerhard Marck’s sculpture “Alcina II”, which was created in 1934 in two slightly varied versions, is extremely rare on the art market. While the hair of the first version’s figure is bound together and her dress falls in straight lines, “Alcina II” has her hair open and the skirt of her dress is modelled in detail, including numerous folds. With regard to the figural conception featuring a supporting and a free leg, erect posture and reserved expression, it documents the artist’s engagement with Greek sculpture. This is no coincidence, since Marcks was fascinated with Greek culture throughout his life and had travelled to Greece for the first time in 1928, with the archaeologist Herbert Koch (1880–1960). The impressions he gathered there provided decisive impulses for his figural work for a long time. With its austere style, “Alcina II” also testifies to his influence through the classical Greek approach to the figure.
The artist Trude Jalowetz (1910–1976) served as Marcks’s model for the figure’s head. She was a student in the weaving class at the Burg Giebichenstein school of applied arts, where Marcks worked as deputy director. After she and her husband had to emigrate due to their Jewish ancestry, Marcks visited them in the Dutch town of Putten in 1934. That is probably also where the preparatory model study (Hessisches Landesmuseum Darmstadt), dated 25 February 1934, was created.

Catalogue Raisonné

Rudloff 291; Gerhard Marcks works diary plaster/bronze 139


Galerie Hoffmann, Hamburg; Private collection, Lower Saxony


Walter Passarge, Gerhard Marcks, in: Der Standpunkt, 1947. issue 6/7, p. 25; Adolf Rieth, Gerhard Marcks, Recklinghausen 1959, p. 13; Othmar Metzger, Zu den Bildwerken von Gerhard Marcks, in: Gerhard Marcks, exhib. cat. Wallraf Richartz-Museum, Cologne 1964, p. 12 f.; Günter Busch, Der Bildhauer Gerhard Marcks, in: Universitas, 1965, year 20, fig. p. 831; Gerhard Marcks und die Antike, with texts by Rudolf Blaum, Martina Rudloff i. a., Bremen 1993, p. 62