Lot 12: Estate of H. Zille, Conovlute of Postcards, Ger., 1st H. 20th C
December 2, 2016
Berlin, Berlin, GermanyLive Auction
Handwritten postcards, partial on paper photographies, partial polychrome painted
One card stamped Nachlaß Prof. Heinrich Zille, and seven cards with postmarks
Convolute of eight postcards and autographics, thereof two addressed to Heinrich Zille, three to Walter Zille, one to Georg Bonatz, one to Miuna Papke, and one unwritten postcard
Four photographies with views of old Berlin, as well as one family picture at Mothers Day
One card with hand-painted picture of a girl in the toilet, one card with depiction of a paper cut
One pen and ink drawing of a lady with hat
We are grateful to Mr. Detlev Rosenbach, Hanover, for his kind information
Dimensions: c. 9 x 13.9 cm each
The postcards are in a good condition. They show usual traces of wear. Two cards with traces of glue and losses in places. One small loss can be found on the lower left corner of a card.
Heinrich Zille (1858-1929)
The German graphic artist, painter and photographer Heinrich Zille was born in Radeburg near Dresden in 1858. He studied under Professor Theodor Hosemann, who advised him to go to the streets, to observe and to draw. After completing his studies Zille was employed by different graphic firms before working for the Photographische Gesellschaft Berlin (Photographic Association Berlin) from 1877 onwards for thirty consecutive years. After his discharge from the military, he began to work as a freelance painter while still working for the Photographische Gesellschaft and developed his characteristic style: his works are characterised by scenes from the Berlin Milljöh, from the backstreets and the world of the proletarian underclass, to which he often added typical Berlin witticisms. In 1903, Zille became a member of the Berlin Secession. He was a close friend of Max Liebermann and became more and more known and popular, resulting in his appointment as Professor at the Prussian Academy of the Arts in 1924. After his death in 1929, Zille was buried in an Ehrengrab (grave of honour). A museum in Berlin is dedicated to the exceptional artist, countless streets and schools are named after him. The art museum of Mühlheim / Ruhr owns the largest collection of Zilles drawings outside of Berlin. (ala)
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