Lot 179
  • 179

Lesser Ury

80,000 - 120,000 GBP
137,500 GBP
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  • Lesser Ury
  • Grunewaldsee, Berlin
  • signed L. Ury. and dated 93 (lower right)
  • oil on canvas
  • 100 by 70.2cm., 39 3/8 by 27 5/8 in.


Emil & Jenny Hirsch, Berlin & Tel Aviv (until 1948)
Private Collection, Tel Aviv
Private Collection, Tel Aviv (by descent from the above)
Acquired from the above by the present owner


Berlin, National Galerie, Lesser Ury, Gedenkausstellung, 1931, no. 97, illustrated in the catalogue


Joachim Seyppel, Lesser Ury, Der Maler der alten City, Leben - Kunst - Wirkung, Eine Monographie, Berlin, 1987, no. 127, illustrated p. 202

Catalogue Note

Lesser Ury was a German Impressionist painter, based in Berlin where the city’s streets and cafes as well as the surrounding landscape provided him with endless motifs for his paintings and pastels. His works reveal the artist’s fascination with the ever changing quality of light and its many effects. Accordingly, Ury is well known for his depictions of figures in darkened interiors and reflections of street lights on rainy streets as well as his depictions of the beautiful Brandenburg countryside often set in spectacular lighting conditions.

Grunewaldsee, Berlin was painted in 1893 at a time when Ury sought respite from the business of the capital and instead focused on landscape painting. At the time the Grunewaldsee was a recurring motif.

The present work was formerly in the collection of Emil Hirsch, one of Lesser Ury's most important collectors. Hirsch is said to have had an excellent eye for choosing only the very best of Ury's work. Grunewaldsee, Berlin was amongst the group of works which Hirsch managed to take with him when he emigrated to Palestine from Berlin with his family in 1946.