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Adolph von Menzel
YOUNG WOMAN WITH HER RIGHT ARM RAISED AND SUBSIDIARY STUDIES OF HER HAIR AND HER HAND
Estimate
3,0004,000
LOT SOLD. 5,250 GBP
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97
Adolph von Menzel
YOUNG WOMAN WITH HER RIGHT ARM RAISED AND SUBSIDIARY STUDIES OF HER HAIR AND HER HAND
Estimate
3,0004,000
LOT SOLD. 5,250 GBP
JUMP TO LOT

Details & Cataloguing

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Adolph von Menzel
BRESLAU 1815 - 1905 BERLIN
YOUNG WOMAN WITH HER RIGHT ARM RAISED AND SUBSIDIARY STUDIES OF HER HAIR AND HER HAND
Graphite and chalk and stumping;
bears the Adolph Menzel Nachlaß and Hauptzollamt Wuppertal stamps on the reverse
220 by 134 mm
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Provenance

Estate of the artist
Walter Westfeld, Wuppertal-Elberfeld (until April 1937 or after)
Guido Kern
Sold by Franziska Kern in November 1942 to the Deutsche Reich for the Führermuseum, Linz
Held by the German Federal Government after 1945 as “ownerless” property
Niedersächsisches Landesmuseum Hannover, Germany (on loan from the above)
Restituted by the German Federal Government to the Westfeld heirs in 2016

Catalogue Note

Another more finished, signed and dated drawing of the same composition is in Frankfurt at the Städel Museum (inv. no. 12980).1  Our study appears to be an earlier stage in the development of this figure, which shows a more rapid approach to the subject, concentrating on the basic outlines and using less chalk than in the Frankfurt drawing.  It has not been possible to connect this young woman to any figure in Menzel's known painted oeuvre, however it is plausible that the Frankfurt drawing was the final stage, as many of Menzel's late drawings were executed as works of art in their own right.

1. H. Ebertshäuser, Adolph von Menzel das graphische werk, 2 vols, Munich 1976, vol II, p. 1331, reproduced

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