30 important works from the estate of Will Grohmann to be sold by Lempertz08.10.2019
One particular highlight of the sale is a painting by Hans Hartung from 1955 estimated at 100,000 - 150,000 euros. It is one of three works by the documenta participant who is regarded as one of the most important representatives of the Informel movement. Grohmann's close contact with the artist is documented by a personal dedication to the collector in another of Hartung's works from 1962 (estimated price 40,000 - 60,000 euros).
A total of six works by the Stuttgart based painter and graphic artist Willi Baumeister, who was a close friend of Grohmann's, will also be coming under the hammer, including Cézanne auf dem Weg zum Motiv. The artist has also given this work a personal dedication for Grohmann: 'Für Will, herzlichst' (estimated price: 40,000 - 60,000 euros). Some twenty years earlier, Wassily Kandinsky dedicated an ink drawing from 1927, now estimated at 50,000 - 70,000 euros, to him.
The German-French artist Hans Arp is represented by the fine bronze sculpture Petite figure appuyée dite l'égyptienne from 1938 with an estimated price of 80,000 - 100,000 euros. The important work on paper Triebkräfte der Erde by Fritz Winter dating from 1944 has a value of 80,000 - 120,000 euros.
The Spanish-Catalan painter and sculptor Joan Miró is included in the sale with a watercolour and gouache work on paper Femmes et oiseaux dans la nuit with an estimated price of 70,000 - 90,000. Another work by Paul Klee that deserves special mention is the portrait sketch of Frau CII, estimated at 30,000 - 50,000 euros. A total of four works by Hermann Glöckner will also be featured. The early panel Gefaltete Streifen in Weiß und Gelb auf Schwarz from the year is valued at 30,000 - 50,000 euros.
Born in 1887, Will Grohmann was one of the most important German art historians and critics of the 20th century. He maintained close contact with the young painters of the Brücke artist group and was an important supporter of the Bauhaus movement. Grohmann counted numerous artists among his friends, including Ernst Ludwig Kirchner, Karl Schmidt-Rottluff, Otto Dix, Paul Klee, Wassily Kandinsky, Oskar Schlemmer, Willi Baumeister, and Hans Hartung.
Renate Glück, the sister of Will Grohmann's wife Annemarie, was a respected collector who cultivated artistic acquaintances throughout Germany. She managed Grohmann's estate following his death.
Femme et oiseaux dans la nuit. 1967
India ink, gouache and watercolour over pencil on watercolor laid paper, 20.3 x 15.1 cm
Signed ‚Miró‘ with black ink lower left. Verso signed, dated, titled and dedicated with biro '29/VIII/67 Femme et oiseaux dans la nuit Pour mon ami Will Grohmann avec tous mes meilleurs voeux à l'occasion de son 80 anniversaire Miró'.
Estimate: 70,000 - 90,000 euros
Petite figure appuyée dite l'égyptienne, 1938
Height 25.3 cm
Estimate: 80,000 – 100,000 euros
Cézanne auf dem Weg zum Motiv, 1948
Oil with artificial resin on chipboard
54 x 46 cm
Signed and dated lower right 'Baumeister 48' (incised into the wet paint). Dated, titled, and with dedication to the reverse '"Cézanne auf dem Weg zum Motiv" 1948 Für Will herzlichst WBaumeister'.
Grohmann 1135; Beye/Baumeister 1544
Estimate: 40,000 – 60,000 euros
Ink pen drawing on slightly textured paper, mounted on card in the studio
48.3 x 32.1 cm (card 58.8 x 43.1 cm)
Monogrammed and dated to the lower left 'K 27'. Signed and with dedication in pencil to the back of the card 'Meinem lieben Dr. Will Grohmann zu 4 XII 32 Kandinsky Dessau'.
Endicott Barnett (Zeichnungen) 648
Estimate: 50,000 – 70,000 euros
Triebkräfte der Erde, 1944
Oil on thin paper, mounted to a mat in the studio
29.5 x 21.2 cm
Signed and dated to the mat 'Fritz Winter 44'.
Estimate: 80,000 – 120,000 euros
Acrylic on canvas
46 x 33 cm. Framed
Signed and dated 'Hartung 62'. Signed and with a dated dedication to the reverse on the stretcher.
Estimate: 40,000 – 60,000 euros
Oil on canvas
73 x 57 cm. Framed
Signed and dated 'Hartung 55'.
Estimate: 100,000 – 150,000 euros