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Lot 3203* - A207 Impressionist & Modern Art - Friday, 01. December 2023, 04.30 PM

MAX LIEBERMANN

(1847 Berlin 1935)
Avenue in Schlangenbad. 1895.
Verso: Portrait of the privy councillor Prof. Dr Albert Hänel. 1892.
Pastel on board.
Signed and dated lower left: M. Liebermann 95.
60.5 × 88 cm.

Our thanks to Frau Margreet Nouwen for confirming the authenticity of the work, October 2023.

Provenance:
- Collection of Paul Fulda, Frankfurt am Main, 1907.
- Private collection, Frankfurt am Main, 1927.
- Private collection, Germany. Received as a gift circa 1960. In the same family collection for three generations.

Exhibited:
- Frankfurt am Main 1907: Liebermann exhibition on the occasion of the 60th birthday of the artist, Frankfurter Kunstverein, 7.8.–6.10.1907, no. 74.
- Frankfurt am Main 1927: Max Liebermann. Werke aus Frankfurter Privatbesitz, Galerie M. Goldschmidt & Co., December 1927, no. 17 (ill.).

The motif of the allée occupies an important position within Max Liebermann's landscapes, as hardly any other artist has devoted himself to this topic with such intensity. In the present work, Liebermann fuses light and shadow, light reflections and the colorful atmosphere into a pulsating composition, transforming the avenue into a sublime and almost sacred place. Sunrays in places shine through the dense treetops; The arrangement and the impressive height of the trees are reminiscent of the pointed arches of Gothic cathedrals. The perspectively aligned avenue, complemented by the rich green of the pastel colors, gives the painting an impressive illusion of depth. The people walking along the avenue or sitting at the table seem almost fine details. However, they are not only used to create scale, but also set the tone decisively. The work offered in this auction is a particularly impressive pastel that stands out from many of Liebermann's pastel works due to its size and detailed workmanship.


CHF 60 000 / 80 000 | (€ 61 860 / 82 470)

Sold for CHF 137 500 (including buyer’s premium)
All information is subject to change.