It is a great document of a successful artistic transition: Ernst Ludwig Kirchners oil painting Unser Haus comes directly from the artists estate. For the first time ever on the auction market, it will now be called up in the Autumn Auctions at Ketterer Kunst
on December 11/12. The interesting question is if it is going to break the million euro line.
Ernst Ludwig Kirchner lived in the Grisons farmstead just below the Stafelalp together with his spouse Erna Schilling. Unser Haus, also known as the Haus in den Lärchen, is one of the earliest works from his Davos days and illustrates the incipient stylistic transition from the Metropolitan Expressionism of his time in Dresden and Berlin to more simplified rural motifs. The colorful work makes the artists deeply felt content and an increasing assertiveness in a life both eventful and fragile almost tangible. It will enter the race with an estimate of 500,000-700,000.
Another remarkable artistic transition happened in autumn 1908 when Gabriele Münter, Wassily Kandinsky, Alexej von Jawlensky and Marianne von Werefkin congregated in Murnau after longer stays abroad. An impressionistic and late impressionistic style was replaced by a radical turn to a synthetic, expressive color painting. It was during this artistically significant time that Gabriele Münters Haus mit Schneebäumen in Kochel was made. The oil painting shows a view of the town Kochel, a very rare motif in Münters uvre. It comes from the artists estate and boasts a consistent provenance. It is estimated at 200,000-300,000.
Next to Heinz Macks Lichtfächer (estimate: 120,000-150,000) and Otto Pienes Auge (estimate: 80,000-120,000) in the section of Post War Art, as well as Adrian Ghenies self-portrait (estimate: 50,000-70,000) from the department of Contemporary Art, fascinating artists ljke Willi Baumeister, Gotthard Graubner, Konrad Klapheck, Paul Klee, Walter Leistikow, Max Liebermann, Jeanne Mammen, Emil Nolde, Johann Wilhelm Schirmer and Alfons Walde also make their contributions.