Announcement - VAN HAM Kunstauktionen

Announcement - VAN HAM Kunstauktionen

Press Release

Pre-report 306 Auction Modern Art and Contemporary Art

On 1st and 2nd of December 2011

Preview from 25 - 29th November 2011

A Fresh Breeze


The highlights in the "Modern Art" auction include many familiar names for VAN HAM, two paintings by

Rudolf Bauer, ex. a paper collage from 1922 for 150,000 – 170,000 €; a Karl Hofer with one of his few

cubist-style still-lifes for 200,000 – 250,000 €; and a Ferdinand Hodler with a portrait of his wife Bertha

Stucki of the same estimate. Among the highlights in the "Contemporary Art" auction is one of the ZERO

artist Günther Uecker with a typical white Wind Field for 80,000 – 120,000 €; a Michael Majerus, among

others, of an impressive size for 50,000 – 60,000 €. A separate chapter is devoted to the estate of HAP

Grieshaber. There are nearly 270 works on call, including a variety of designs, trial and colour proofs.

Modern Art

Van Ham is leading with three auction records for Rudolf Bauer, which is reflected in the good consignments. His

work "Untitled" from 1922 is an oil and paper collage (Lot 251 / Estimate: € 150,000 – 170,000). In the early 1920’s,

his compositions have been reduced, less complex, however at the same time more stylized and elegant. It is one of

the works in which Bauer maintains his clear lines, however still chooses the medium of collage.

The Swiss Ferdinand Hodler is represented with an elegant portrait (Lot 327 / Estimate: € 200,000 – 250,000). The

sitter is Bertha Stucki, Hodler's first wife. They met in 1887 and married in 1889. Already in 1891 they divorced. This

portrait must therefore have been made during this time frame.

An extraordinary still-life with a jug and box from around 1920 by Karl Hofer will be called for 200,000 to 250,000 €

(Lot 330). The painting is characterized by the muted, earthy colours typical for Hofer. The nested arrangement of the

objects and the colours seem to be Cubist, while the representation is purely factual. The Kunsthalle Emden would

like to borrow the painting to show it in a large Karl Hofer Exhibition from 11.02.2012 until 17.06.2012.

Other German highlights come to calling. Including a work by Lesser Ury, who was close to Impressionism. The

coffee house scene is among the group of Parisian café scenes that were created on his last trip abroad, when he in

March 1928 spent several weeks in Paris (Lot 1928 / Estimate: € 100,000 – 140,000).

The painting "Zinnias" by Otto Dix comes from 1947 (Lot 287 / Estimate: € 30,000 – 50,000). At the end of the

Second World War, Otto Dix's painting style changed more and more. He turned away from the old masters’ glazing

technique that dominated his work for over 20 years, returning now to alla prima as he did before 1923/24. This

painting, with its bright, pure colours, is an impressive example of this style of painting. Two paintings come from the

small oeuvre of Heinrich Hoerle. The still-life with Pitcher and Pear has been shown in numerous exhibitions

including 1981/82 at the Kunstverein (Lot 328 / Estimate: € 25,000 - 30,000). Pear and jug are placed in a structure of

contrasting, strong and flat areas of colour that are juxtaposed to the organic shapes of objects.

Among the sculptures stands out the work "Volto" by Max Ernst. The colourful work of Murano glass enjoys a

prominent provenance: Peggy Geggenheim, New York. There is a handwritten confirmation by Sandro Rumney,

grandson of Peggy Guggenheim, of September 13th, 1985 as a copy (Lot 296 / Estimate: € 10,000 – 12,000).

Another highlight: Wilhelm Lehmbruck "Kleine Sinnende", which is one of Lehmbruck’s most beautiful figures (Lot

355 / Estimate: € 12,000 – 15,000).

Contemporary Art

Günther Uecker is renowned for his nail objects. His work “Schrei“ from 2002 will be on call for 80,000 -120,000 €.

Unsurprisingly further works from the Zero circle will be called for auction, such as “Red Fire Flower“ by Otto Piene

(Lot 135/ Estimate: € 15,000 – 20,000).

An explosion of colour characterises the large-size painting “Another Flowershop“ by Michel Majerus (Lot 114/

Estimate: € 50,000 – 60,000). He combined elements from Pop Art mastery with partly expressive brush strokes that

remind us of Abstract Expressionism.

For any questions refer to Van Ham Kunstauktionen KG Advisory Board

Kristina Erlemann Schoenhauser Str. 10-16 Wilhelm Karl Prinz von Preußen

Public Relations 50968 Cologne | Germany (President)

Prof. Ottmar Braun (Speaker)

Phone +49 (221) 92 58 62-81 Phone +49 (221) 92 58 62-0 Prof. Dr. Albert Mayer Fax +49 (221) 92 58 62-4 VAT-ID No. DE 122 771 785 HRA Cologne 375


A typical, early work with the well-known, distinctive, black brush strokes by Pierre Soulage will be on call (Lot 190/

Estimate: € 30,000 – 50,000). Soulage comments his works as follows: “I have always thought: the more limited the

means, the stronger the expression“.

Also Peter Brüning as a main protagonist of the “Informel“ is again present with one of his famous works, here a

red one. It is entitled “18/63“ and will be put on auction for 15,000 – 20,000 €.

Another post-war artist is Rupprecht Geiger. Renown especially for his geometric figures. His work “604/71“depicts

a circle and will be on offer for 20,000 – 30,000 € (Lot 61).

Works by Georg Baselitz and Jonathan Meese are still in demand on the art market. Baselitz’s untitled work from

1984 coming from a French private collection will be on call for 25,000 – 30.000 € (Lot 15). Meese is represented

with a large-size mixed media collage from 2006 “Der Pseudomönch des netten Handwerks“ (Lot 118/ 210 x 140,5

cm/ Estimate: € 35,000 – 40,000).

New York-based Paul Thek worked over many decades on his Newspaper Works that represent a visual diary or

travelogue in his oeuvre. The present work is on a spread page of the International Herald Tribune from April 29th,

1971 (Lot 196/ Estimate: € 12,000 – 18,000).

Five works by Marlène Dumas “and they tried to become one“ will be on call for 18,000 – 20,000 € (Lot 41). The

main motifs in her extensive oeuvre are always easily recognizable. “The sensualisation of the image's surface, the

interplay of black and white on the drawing paper versus black and white as a race issue, the search for whether or

how the nudity of the human body exploited by the media, pornographisized by means of photography could be reconquered

for eroticism and aura by means of drawing…“ (Matthias Winzen, in: Marlene Dumas - Female, Cologne,

2005, p. 27).

Among the sculptures Niki de Saint-Phalle’s dragon, colourful as usual, is the undisputed highlight (Lot 163/

Estimate: € 60,000 – 80,000). Niki de Saint Phalle's vocabulary of forms is magical, mystical, humourous, imaginative,

emotional and always symbolic.

In the graphic arts section as always Pop Art is strongly represented, ex. with Lichtenstein, and as usual VAN HAM

has the best offer on an Andy Warhol. His colour serigraph of Eva Mudocci (after Munch) is exceptional. The

serigraph was planned as an edition, yet never published. It therefore is a unique trial proof of this motif which is

moreover in perfect condition (Lot 212/ Estimate: € 140,000 – 180,000).

VAN HAM dedicates a separate chapter to the estate of HAP Grieshaber. The 268 objects do not only consist of free

graphic works and posters, but also numerous drafts, trial and colour proofs. They come from the estate of the poet

Margarete Hannsmann, who was HAP Grieshaber’s companion since 1967. This extensive ensemble offers a

magnificent insight into the creative work and development of the artist.

Another highlight is the impressive and monumental ‘Josefslegende’ from 1970. It will be on call for an estimated

3,000 – 5,000 € and is one of altogether four prints. It is a suite of 36 colour lithographs on laid card. Each sheet is

120 x 151 cm. Grieshaber conceptualised the Joseph Cycle for the protestant parish church in Stuttgart-

Untertürkheim. In the church the sheets are arranged next to each other in six vertical rows and constitute the altar

panel of 7 x 9 m.

Over 200 works will be on call for under 1,000 € unlimited in a silent auction.

Further Information

You will find a fully illustrated online catalogue in English on our homepage Furthermore, you find this article as

word document under „Presseservice“. For pictoral data please contact us.

Van Ham Fine Art Auctions is a family business, founded in 1959, and currently in the second generation managed by Markus

Eisenbeis as general partner. In 2010 a turnover of € 24 million was achieved. This made Van Ham one of the leading auction houses

in Germany, conducting circa 12 internationally acknowledged sales each year in which new world sales records are regularly


Sales are conducted in following categories:

Fine Art | European Applied Arts and Jewelry | Modern Art | Contemporary Art | Photography | Carpets | Decorative Art

For any questions refer to Van Ham Kunstauktionen KG Advisory Board

Kristina Erlemann Schoenhauser Str. 10-16 Wilhelm Karl Prinz von Preußen

Public Relations 50968 Cologne | Germany (President)

Prof. Ottmar Braun (Speaker)

Phone +49 (221) 92 58 62-81 Phone +49 (221) 92 58 62-0 Prof. Dr. Albert Mayer Fax +49 (221) 92 58 62-4 VAT-ID No. DE 122 771 785 HRA Cologne 375

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