Lot 22: Ink Drawing "Female Nude", by Arno Breker, around 1930
December 7, 2012
Berlin, GermanyLive Auction
Ink drawing on paper
Germany, around 1930
Arno Breker (1900-1991) - German sculptor and architect
Signed lower left in pencil, "A. Breker"
Drawings by Arno Breker fetch up to 3,000 Euros at international auctions
Framed, in passe-partout, behind glass
Overall dimensions: 53 x 44 cm
Very good condition
This striking ink drawing by Arno Breker depicts an undressed woman, sitting on the ground with her right knee and supporting herself with her right arm, in an elegant pose. Her left leg is cocked forward and the foot, sketched with only a few lines, upholds her body. The graceful placement of the lower thigh hides her pubic area, revealing and concealing at the same time. The woman's breasts are also merely hinted at through small lines, leaving room for the viewer's imagination. The left forearm loosely rests on her strong thigh and the schematically drawn hand dangles in a relaxed manner. Through the artistic use of light and shadow, the sculptor Breker succeeds in adding a sculptural effect to the one-dimensionality of the paper. The young woman's face is multiply framed with bold brushwork, yet not entirely but only up to her contoured eyebrows. It is precisely this detail of non finito, frequently found in sculptures, that challenges the viewer to complete this part of the woman's head for themselves.
The ink drawing on paper is in very good condition. The sheet has a minimal, barely visible fold in the middle and the edges show some minor creases. The frame displays minor signs of wear. The drawing is signed lower left, "A. Breker". The dimensions are 53 x 44 cm (framed) and 30 x 20.5 cm (sheet).
Arno Breker (1900-1991)
Born to a master stonemason in the town of Elberfeld in 1900, Arno Breker already learned his eventual craft early on in the parental enterprise. He first visited the arts school in Elberfelde and from 1920 he studied at the Kunstakademie Düsseldorf. Four years later, he travelled to Paris in order to study the sculptural works of early modernism. There, he met the art dealer Alfred Flechtheim who offered to sell his works in Paris, thus making Breker known in the art scene of Paris, where the artist eventually settled in 1927. He returned to Germany in 1934 after a year of studying in Italy. In Berlin, the repatriate taught at the Akademie der Künste as professor of sculpture. He has remained a controversial figure due to his work for the Nazis during the Third Reich. Numerous exhibits, documentaries as well as scientific publications have been dedicated to the sculptor and architect.