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EMIL NOLDE | THEATERSZENE (SHAKESPEARES EIN "SOMMERNACHTSTRAUM") (THEATER SCENE (SHAKESPEARE’S A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM))

Artist's Resale Right

Estimate:

12,000 - 18,000 GBP

Property from the Collection of Albin Schram, Switzerland

EMIL NOLDE | THEATERSZENE (SHAKESPEARES EIN "SOMMERNACHTSTRAUM") (THEATER SCENE (SHAKESPEARE’S A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM))

EMIL NOLDE | THEATERSZENE (SHAKESPEARES EIN "SOMMERNACHTSTRAUM") (THEATER SCENE (SHAKESPEARE’S A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM))

Estimate:

12,000 - 18,000 GBP

Lot sold:

27,500

GBP

EMIL NOLDE

1867 - 1956

THEATERSZENE (SHAKESPEARES EIN "SOMMERNACHTSTRAUM") (THEATER SCENE (SHAKESPEARE’S A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM))


signed Nolde (lower right)

watercolour on paper

Unframed: 28.6 by 22.5cm., 11¼ by 8⅞in.

Executed in Berlin in 1910-11.

This work is sold unframed


The authenticity of this work has been confirmed by Professor Manfred Reuther on the basis of photographs; the work will travel to Germany after the sale to obtain its certificate and be available to the purchaser shortly thereafter.


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Executed on buff-coloured wove paper. The left and right edges are slightly uneven. There is a small tear in the lower left corner and a spot of discolouration to the extreme lower right corner. There are some further areas of discolouration visible to the the verso and some paper skinning in the extreme upper right corner of the verso. The work is in very good overall condition.


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Collection Albin Schram, Switzerland

Thence by descent to the present owners

This charming sketch depicts a scene from Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream. In the winter months of 1910-11, Nolde and his wife Ada were given front row seats at Max Reinhardt’s theatre for the duration of the season. In these seats, warm under the spotlight, Nolde produced quick sketches in concentrated colours and bold lines. Ada held the pigments and passed her husband sheets of paper; she would then retrieve the finished sketches and carefully allow them to dry in her lap. The result was a rich and whimsical series of theatre watercolours, of which the present work is one magical example.