Eric Chaim Kline, Bookseller

Eric Chaim Kline, Bookseller

Gemälde und Plastiken Moderner Meister (Paintings and Sculptures of Modern Masters - Entartete Kunst Auction Catalogue 1939)

Luzern: Galerie Fischer, 1939. First edition. Hardcover. Quarto. 3 leaves, 67pp. Original textured green cloth with gilt lettering on black leather label of spine. Cream endpapers. Auction catalog of the Galerie Fischer in Luzern, introducing the artwork exhibited at the "Zunfthaus zur Meise," Zurich, from May 17th to May 27, 1939, and the Grand Hotel National, Luzern, from May 30th to June 29th, 1939. The auction itself is announced for June 30th, 1939, at the Grand Hotel National. With auction rules and list of price estimates for the artwork included in this auction at front.

Scarce auction catalogue of the infamous 'Lucerne sale' in 1939, containing artwork looted and deemed 'degenerate' by the Nazis. The bidders were prominent art collectors and delegations from museums in the USA, Belgium, France, the United Kingdom and Sweden. The art work included Henri Matisse's "Bathers with a Turtle,' purchased by Josef Pulitzer for $2,400. Pulitzer bought it at the urging of Matisse's son Pierre Matisse to prevent it from being destroyed. Pulitzer later donated the painting to the art museum in Saint Louis. The top lot was that of the self-portrait by van Gogh, listed on the estimated price list mentioned above in the amount of £12,000, followed by Pablo Picasso's 'Acrobat and Young Harlequin.' Laid in an article of the New York Times from November 29, 1988, announcing the sale of the Picasso painting at a record-setting amount of $38 Million.

The auction includes works from Alexander Archipenko, nine sculptures by Ernst Barlach, paintings by Max Beckmann, Georges Braque, Marc Chagall, numerous works by Lovis Corinth, André Derain, Otto Dix, James Ensor, Lyonel Feininger, George Grosz, Paul Gaugain, Vincent van Gogh, Paul Klee, Emil Ludwig Kirchner, Oskar Kokoschka, Wilhelm Lehmbruck, Rudolf Levy, Max Liebermann, August Macke, Franz Marc, Henri Matisse, Paula Modersohn, Modigliani, Otto Müller, Emil Nolde, Max Pechstein, Pablo Picasso, Christian Rohlfs, Karl Schmidt-Rottluff, Maurice de Vlaminck and a few others.

The "Lucerne Sale" was attended by several prominent collectors and representatives of European and American museums. The gallerist Curt Valentin was the representative of the MOMA, sent by the director Alfred Barr. Asides Pulitzer the bidders included the son of Henri Matisse, Pierre Matisse and Josef von Sternberg, the German/American movie director. Approximately 10% of the artwork was sold in the auction but Fischer didn't return the remaining works to the Nazis. There were two significant postwar exhibitions including artworks from the original Munich exhibition and the Lucerne Sale. Leather label chipped with some loss of lettering. Ephemera laid in.

About 100 of the original paintings and sculptures and 75 of the graphics originally displayed at the infamous Munich exhibition in 1937 were displayed at the exhibition "Degenerate Art. The Fate of the Avant-Garde in Nazi Germany," documenting the Nazi campaign against modern art, at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art early in 1991, traveling to the Art Institute of Chicago later that year. It was the most comprehensive exhibition on the subject ever mounted. In 2014 the Neue Galerie New York opened the exhibition "Degenerate Art: The Attack on Modern Art in Nazi Germany, 1937. It was the first major exhibition since the 1991 Los Angeles exhibition on the subject. Text in German. Binding with light wear and sunned along edges. Leather label on spine chipped with some loss of lettering. Binding in overall good-, interior in very good condition. Good- to very good condition. Item #50340

Price: $1,500.00

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