Käthe Kollwitz - Evening & Day Editions New York Wednesday, October 26, 2016 | Phillips

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  • Provenance

    Unidentified fine art dealer, Los Angeles
    Hauswedell & Nolte, June 2, 1978, lot 738, Hamburg
    Dr. Hauswedell auction, June 4, 1977, lot 873, Hamburg
    Mr. Erich Cohn, New York
    before probably:
    private collector, US, by gift
    business man, Hannover, Germany
    purchased directly from the artist
    (the two latter are unkown by name, but documented as persons by a contemporary friend of Käthe Kollwitz, Fritz Homeyer, and confirmed indirectly by a letter of the artist to her friend Anna Karbe from December 17, 1937)

  • Literature

    Annette Seeler No. 26

  • Catalogue Essay

    We would like to give sincere thanks to Dr. Annette Seeler for her thorough research and confirmation that this example is a lifetime cast, after examining the work in person. Another cast from the posthumous edition of this sculpture is on the cover of Käthe Kollwitz. Die Plastik - Werkverzeichnis, conceived and compiled by Dr. Annette Seeler (author) and edited by the Käthe Kollwitz Museum, Cologne, Munich, 2016. This example will be cited in the updated version spring of 2017.

    Two other known lifetime casts are in a private collection in Bern, Switzerland and the Baltimore Museum of Art.

    I thought I was a revolutionary and was only an evolutionary. Käthe Kollwitz

Property from the Estate of Ann Nisenson, Los Angeles and Santa Barbara


Selbstbildnis (Self-Portrait)

model conceived 1926-36, cast from 1937-39
Bronze with dull brown patina and shell limestone base.
sculpture: 14 5/8 x 9 1/4 x 11 5/8 in. (37.1 x 23.5 x 29.5 cm)
with base: H. 18 3/4 in. (47.6 cm)

One of three located lifetime casts, up to eight were cast in total during the lifetime of the artist, plus a posthumous edition of 37 to 45 bronzes.

$40,000 - 60,000 

Sold for $50,000

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Evening & Day Editions

New York Auction 26 October 2016