Property from the Collection of Albin Schram, Switzerland
June 4, 01:22 PM GMT
7,000 - 10,000 GBP
ERNST LUDWIG KIRCHNER
1880 - 1938
ZWEI TANZENDE PAARE (TWO DANCING COUPLES)
pencil and coloured wax crayon on paper
stamped with the Nachlass mark on the verso
Unframed: 34.6 by 26.7cm., 13 5/8 by 10 1/2 in.
Executed circa 1911.
This work is sold unframed
This work is listed in the Ernst Ludwig Kirchner archives, Wichtrach/Bern.
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Estate of the artist (until 1954)
Galerie Nierendorf, Berlin (until 1967)
Collection Albin Schram, Switzerland
Thence by descent to the present owners
Berlin, Galerie Nierendorf, 1963, no. 61
As an artist, Ernst Ludwig Kirchner was a chronicler of contemporary life. He moved to Berlin in 1911 and zealously depicted the frenzy and character of the electrically-lit capital city. Dancing figures became a recurring theme in his work and it continues to be considered a cornerstone of his oeuvre, with examples existing today in public collections around the world. Kirchner believed that dancing put people in touch with their basic urges and he relished giving form to its inherent sensuality and dynamism.