Lot 148: Vienna Modernist Ernst Fuchs Signed & Dated Engraving
October 27, 2016
Louisville, CO, USALive Auction
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Ernst Fuchs (Austria, 1930-2015), untitled engraving, numbered in pencil 18/180, signed by the artist in pencil, ca. 1969 CE. An untitled engraving by the Austrian artist Ernst Fuchs, signed and numbered in pencil by the artist just beneath the plate mark. Fuchs was one of the founders of the Vienna School of Fantastic Realism, a founding member of the Art-Club (1946) and interestingly enough also a founding member of Hundsgruppe, together with Friedensreigh Hundertwasser and Arnulf Rainer, which was founded in opposition to the Art-Club. This engraving, depicting a woman in profile looking upward toward a male spiritual deity with curly locks of hair that cascade to her shoulder, captures the tenets of the Fantastic Realism movement with its emphasis on Old Master technique, possessing the clarity and level of detail grounding it in realism, blended with spiritual symbolism. Works in Fuch's oeuvre like this example demonstrate the influences of Gustav Klimt, Egon Schiele, Edvard Munch, Pablo Picasso, Henry Moore, and Max Pechstein of Fuchs' oeuvre. A wonderful example of Ernst Fuchs' artistry. Size: sheet measures 12.5" W x 17.5" H (31.8 cm x 44.4 cm); engraving measures 4.25" W x 6.625" H (10.8 cm x 16.8 cm)
Provenance: Ex-private Morgan collection, Santa Monica, CA
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Condition Report: Deckle edges on upper and lower ends of sheet. A few nearly invisible specks on sheet surrounding engraving. Engraving itself a tad offset but in overall excellent condition.