Lot 24: Lithograph "Andechs Abbey", by Christian Rohlfs, 1920
December 7, 2012
Berlin, GermanyLive Auction
Lithograph on paper (JW Zanders 1900)
Christian Rohlfs (1849-1938) - German artists
Graphic works by Christian Rohlfs fetch up to 17,000 Euros at international auctions
Signed lower right in pencil, "Chr. Rohlfs"
Titled, monogrammed and dated upper left - within the plate, "Andechs CR 20"
Edition of 125 copies
Framed, set within passe-partout
Overall dimensions, framed: 74 x 84 cm
This lithograph, with a view to the Andechs Abbey, by the German artist Christian Rohlfs, was made in 1920. The abbey, and the hill on which the imposing building stands, as well as the firs in the foreground, display the characteristic rhythmic lines for which Rolf is so well-known. The expressionist artist excellently translates the simple strokes in this monochrome lithograph into a sculptural scene.The lithograph on paper by JW Zanders 1900 is on record in the Catalogue Raisonné by Vogt as number 184 and in the Catalogue Raisonné by Utermann as number 168. The sheet displays extensive speckled browning, light-stains with wrinkles as well as tears on the edges, which are partly glued. The frame has clearly visible traces of wear. The lithograph is signed in pencil lower right, "Chr. Rohlfs", and titled, monogrammed and dated within the plate, top left, "Andechs CR 20". The overall dimensions, framed, are 74 x 84 cm; the size of the paper is 49.5 x 62 cm.Christian Rohlfs (1849-1938)
The German expressionist painter Christian Rohlfs studied under Paul Thumann at the Weimar Saxon-Grand Ducal Art School. In 1901, he accepted a teaching position at the Folkwang School in Weimar. After the "degenerated art" exhibition in Munich in 1937, hundreds of his works were confiscated and shortly before his death, Rohlfs was banned from painting and was excluded from the Prussian Academy in Berlin. His expressive oeuvre shows primarily naturalistic works in younger years, which later developed into impressionist and finally expressionist works primarily depicting landscapes and floral still lifes.