Property from a Private Israeli Collection
Polish, 1895 - 1949
DER BEGINN DES AUFRUHRS (BEGINNING OF THE REVOLT)
indistinctly signed Adler lower right
oil on canvas
111 by 85cm., 43¾ by 33½in.
framed: 120 by 101.5cm., 47 by 40in.
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The canvas has been relined.
There is a pattern of hairline craquelure throughout, as visible in the catalogue illustration, which appears to be stable. Ultra-violet light reveals a layer of old residual varnish which makes the surface quite difficult to read. However, some scattered strokes of retouching are clearly visible, including:
- in the background in the upper right corner;
- intermittent strokes in the four extreme framing edges.
Other areas of fluorescence visible in the main composition could be associated with the artist's material and working method rather than with restoration.
The work is signed lower right. However parts of the signature have been rubbed and it is therefore not clearly legible.
Overall, this work is in good condition and ready to hang.
Presented in a simple frame with a beige inner slip, with a nameplate.
The lot is sold in the condition it is in at the time of sale. The condition report is provided to assist you with assessing the condition of the lot and is for guidance only. Any reference to condition in the condition report for the lot does not amount to a full description of condition. The images of the lot form part of the condition report for the lot provided by Sotheby's. Certain images of the lot provided online may not accurately reflect the actual condition of the lot. In particular, the online images may represent colours and shades which are different to the lot's actual colour and shades. The condition report for the lot may make reference to particular imperfections of the lot but you should note that the lot may have other faults not expressly referred to in the condition report for the lot or shown in the online images of the lot. The condition report may not refer to all faults, restoration, alteration or adaptation because Sotheby's is not a professional conservator or restorer but rather the condition report is a statement of opinion genuinely held by Sotheby's. For that reason, Sotheby's condition report is not an alternative to taking your own professional advice regarding the condition of the lot.
Peter Watson, London (by 1948)
Private collection, Israel; thence by descent to the present owner
Stanley William Hayter, Jankel Adler, London, 1948, no. 32, catalogued and illustrated
Anna Klapheck, Jankel Adler, Recklinghausen, 1966, p. 23, no. 65, catalogued; p. 65, illustrated
Amishai-Maisels, in Artibus et historiae: rivista internazionale di arti visive e cinema, 1988, p. 62- 63, fig. 11, catalogued and illustrated
Annemarie Heibel, Jankel Adler (1895-1949), doctoral thesis, vol. 2, Münster, 2016, p. 322, no. WV 236, catalogued & illustrated
London, Redfern Gallery, Jankel Adler, 1943, no. 16
London, 1959, no. 5
Jerusalem, Israel Museum, Jankel Adler: on the occasion of the 20th anniversary of the artist's death - from collections in Israel, 1969, no. 33
Düsseldorf, Städtische Kunsthalle, Jankel Adler, 1895-1949, no. 96, illustrated in the catalogue
London, Ben Uri Museum, Jankel Adler: A 'Degenerate' Artist in Britain 1940-49, June - July 2019