Lot 363: Paul Adolf Seehaus, Herbstfeuer, 1917
December 2, 2016
Cologne, GermanyLive Auction
Description: Signed and dated 'Seehaus 17' in black India ink sideways in the depiction lower right. Titled and inscribed "4 Herbstfeuer" in black pencil verso.Light smoke seems to be coming from the two fireplaces diffusing into the landscape, forming a brighter contrast to the muted colours in blue, green, and brown red that characterise the clods in front of the mountains. The abstract interpretation of the small pictorial elements may formally be reminiscent of Paul Klee's graphic abbreviations as the planar rhythm can be compared to the watercolour structures of his friend August Macke. Seehaus himself commented: “I have been producing small watercolours for some time now: visionary landscapes, half Russian, half Chinese, hieroglyphs that are almost indecipherable.” (cited after: Dering, op. cit., p. 112)
Condition Report: In fine condition.
Notes: VAT: Margin scheme
Provenance: Artist's estate; formerly G. Simsa-Drascher, Barmen; Private possession
Dimensions: 12.9/13.1 x 21.7 cm
Artist or Maker: Paul Adolf Seehaus
Exhibited: Munich 1918 (Münchner Neue Sezession), IV. Ausstellung, cat. no. 181; Berlin 1926 (Kronprinzenpalais), Gedenk-Ausstellung Paul Adolf Seehaus (?)
Literature: Peter Dering, Paul Adolf Seehaus. Leben und Werk, Bonn 2004, p. 109 with illus.
Medium: Mixed media (watercolour and opaque colour, chalk, India ink) on lightly textured watercolour laid paper