"Recent Acquisitions (And Some Thoughts on the Current Art Market)" Exhibition

Galerie St. Etienne

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Galerie St. Etienne's summer exhibition is a potpourri of recent acquisitions and highlights of the preceding season. While the booming art scene has somewhat diminished the availability of top-quality artworks, rising prices also lure treasures onto the market. Perhaps because auctions have become increasingly unpredictable, the Galerie was fortunate to secure a number of major new works. Among the highlights is an exceptionally strong grouping by Egon Schiele, including a stunning 1911 gouache, "Female Nude," depicting the artist's unidentified girlfriend, and a poignant pencil drawing, dating to around 1915, of his bride Edith. The Schieles are complemented by Ernst Ludwig Kirchner's pensive portrait of his companion Erna Schilling, done while the artist was recuperating from trauma suffered during World War I. Two seminal early watercolors by Lyonel Feininger, a major Paris-period ink drawing by Max Beckmann, a vibrant portrait by Emile Nolde and two extremely rare lithographs by Max Pechstein also number among the gallery's Expressionist offerings. The German underclass and the socio-economic extremes of the Weimar era are represented in a diverse selection of works by Otto Dix, George Grosz and Käthe Kollwitz. Jeanne Mammen's watercolor of a Berlin dance hall is one of the last works of its kind in private hands.

[Image: Egon Schiele "Female Nude" (1911) Gouache, watercolor and pencil on paper 21.5 x 14 in.]


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