Property from the Collection of Albin Schram, Switzerland
June 4, 01:12 PM GMT
12,000 - 18,000 GBP
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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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.