MAX BECKMANN | RITTMEISTER VON WERNITZ AUF SEINEM EROBERTEN KOSAKEN (PORTRÄT EINES REITERS MIT MILITÄRISCHER AUSZEICHNUNG (EISERNES KREUZ)) CAPTAIN OF WERNITZ ON HIS CONQUERED COSSACK HORSE (PORTRAIT OF A RIDER WITH MILITARY DECORATION (IRON CROSS))
Property from the Collection of Albin Schram, Switzerland
1884 - 1950
RITTMEISTER VON WERNITZ AUF SEINEM EROBERTEN KOSAKEN (PORTRÄT EINES REITERS MIT MILITÄRISCHER AUSZEICHNUNG (EISERNES KREUZ))
CAPTAIN OF WERNITZ ON HIS CONQUERED COSSACK HORSE (PORTRAIT OF A RIDER WITH MILITARY DECORATION (IRON CROSS))
signed Beckmann, dated 5.9.14 and inscribed Rittmeister von Wernitz auf seinem eroberten Kosaken (lower left)
pen and ink and pencil on paper
Unframed: 31 by 43.1cm., 12¼ by 16⅞in.
Executed on 5th September 1914.
This work is sold unframed
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Executed on cream wove paper, not laid down. The upper and lower edges of the sheet are irregular. There is light time staining to the sheet, most noticeably due to the evidence of a previous mount. There are light handling marks to the edges of the sheet and occasional creases in places throughout. The lower left corner is creased. There is light rubbing to the surface throughout. This work is in good overall condition.
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Collection Günther Franke, Munich (by 1960)
Collection Albin Schram, Switzerland
Thence by descent to the present owners
Felix Billeter, Kunsthändler, Sammler, Stifter. Günther Franke als Vermittler moderner Kunst in München 1923–1976, Berlin, 2017
Munich, Städtische Galerie im Lenbachhaus, Sammlung Günther Franke, Gemälde – Zeichnungen – Druckgraphik, 1960
Munich, Galerie Günther Franke, Max Beckmann: 180 Zeichnungen und Aquarelle aus deutschem und amerikanischem Besitz, 1975