Impressionist & Modern Art – Art Nouveau & Design – Contemporary Art
Special Auction: Books & Autographs. Schloss Pfannberg. Estate of Carl-Anton Goess-Saurau and Marie, née Mayr-Melnhof, and works from other collections.
June, 20 – 22
The large June auction is spoiling collectors with masterpieces from the 20th century. Oil paintings and drawings by Egon Schiele, Gustav Klimt, Kolo Moser, Albin Egger-Lienz, Carl Moll and Herbert Boeckl lead off the art of early Modernism; Contemporary Art is powerfully represented by Max Weiler, Alfred Hrdlicka, Hans Staudacher, Oswald Oberhuber and Hans Bischoffshausen and offer high quality Austrian Art. As ever, Josef Hoffmann reigns supreme in Art Nouveau, with a range that offers a lot for lovers of this unique period and its delightful arts and crafts.
Impressionist & Modern Art: From Schiele to Boeckl
It is actually a minor sensation when several works by Egon Schiele come onto the market all at the same time. The centrepiece is “Green Fence (Grüner Zaun)” from the monastery at Klosterneuburg, which Schiele took as his subject in 1907, and then displayed to much success in his first exhibition at the same monastery the next year. It has spent a long time in the collection of the painter Max Kahrer, who was an early patron of Schiele. All the characteristics of his work can be seen in this small, spontaneously painted image: a powerful, dynamic application of paint along with fine, nervous lines applied deep in the layer of oil with a brush handle. This unmistakable handwriting, his line work, can also be seen in the two drawings from 1917, one of a view of Krumau, the other a female nude. Both were once owned by the writer Otto Stoessl, a fellow-traveller of Karl Kraus.
The power of early Modernism can also be seen in another painting, done by Kolo Moser between 1911 and 1914: The “Irises”, possibly from the garden of his Villa at Hohe Warte, display an impressive interaction between deep blues and iridescent greens. The experienced graphic designer and joint founder of the Wiener Werkstätte, Moser, was well aware of the art of abstraction, and used it to get to the essence of a subject, to emphasise its beauty and importance.
A still life by Herbert Boeckl impressively brings the varied selection of early Modernism to an end. Boeckl played along the fine line between figuration and abstraction by using isolated and simplified objects embedded in geometric fields of colour.
Art Nouveau & Design: Focus Josef Hoffmann
The Wiener Werkstätte and Josef Hoffmann have become almost synonymous with exquisite handicrafts and timeless, exquisite design. As the market leader in Viennese Art Nouveau, Kinsky is again presenting a special selection of works from these extremely talented designers: from broaches, a room thermometer, and a table lamp to a wonderful ebony and silver tea service. The architect Otto Wagner, who was also one of the first designers to draw designs for interior furniture, was at the forefront of this internationally renowned new art period in Austria. This auction is offering for sale a chair he designed for the legendary Postsparkasse in Vienna.
Contemporary Art: Anything is Possible
One of the towering masterpieces by Austrian painter Max Weiler is a two-metre-tall painting “Tree” from 1972, which has been in private hands for decades, and is now being offered for sale for the first time. Max Weiler called the series from 1969 – 1973 “Landscapes against Resounding Backgrounds”, a metaphor for capturing in paint the dominant vibrations – both interior and exterior – within which life happens. In the decades following 1945, Max Weiler owed a debt to abstraction and was a counterpoint to the Austrian Avant-Garde because of his impressive paintings and subjects associated with nature, the main theme throughout his long years of art production. Max Weiler found impressive painterly analogies through dedicated engagement with the secrets and appearances of living nature. His work is some of the most important of the 20th century in Austria but also boasts with international reputation.
“Champs d’energie” is the name given by Hans Bischoffshausen to a series of white pictures that he had produced in his enclave in Carinthia. Here he visualized energy which comes from nowhere, synonymous with the barre white of the canvas. Bischoffshausen has recharged his own art energy in Paris, the hot spot of the post-war Avantgarde. Hans Staudacher has also been part of this group, using the time to experiment with and investigate new materials and painting techniques expanded the horizons of his own understanding of art. A rare collage on wood with the humorous and ironic title “7 Brushes at Rest” would be a wonderful addition to any Staudacher collection.
Surrealism, Art Informel and proportion studies led Arnulf Rainer to his contemplative, monochromatic, space-filling overpaintings of the 1950s, which he modified from 1960, taking up a visual dialogue with the strokes below. The “Raindrop Head” from 1965 is an excellent example.
Special Auction: Books & Autographs
Kinsky is presenting a rare collection of books and autographs. The core of the selection is from the library at Schloss Pfannberg, belonging to Count Carl-Anton Goess-Saurau and his wife Marie, née Mayr-Melnhof. This is a typical noble library, which has grown over centuries. It offers treats from the 16th to the 18th century that give an insight into the knowledge at that time about nature, art and politics.
One particular treasure is Andreas Hofer’s prayer book. It is one of the few objects where evidence exists that it was the property of Tirol’s famous freedom fighter against Napoleon in 1809.
118th Art Auction 2017
- 3 pm: Art Nouveau & Design
- 6 pm: Impressionist & Modern Art
- 3 pm: Contemporary Art, part I
- 6 pm: Contemporary Art, part II, Evening Sale
- 3 pm: Special Auction: Books & Autographs. Schloss Pfannberg. Estate of Carl-Anton Goess-Saurau and Marie, née Mayr-Melnhof, and works from other collections.
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