May 13 at 12:00 PM - Sale 2568 -

Sale 2568 - Lot 208

Estimate: $ 600 - $ 900

LOUIS OPPENHEIM (1879-1936)

DIE KORNFRANCK - TANTE. Circa 1908.


26 1/4x17 1/4 inches, 66 3/4x43 3/4 cm. ["Kornfranck" Gesellschaft mit beschränkter Haftung, Berlin].
Condition B: repaired tears at edges; creases and abrasions at edges and in image; margins and printer's information trimmed off. Mounted on Japan.

This image is so similar in style to the early work of Ludwig Hohlwein, involving solid planes of color, no outlining and a geometric pattern on the shawl, that it has frequently been misattributed to him. The product is corn coffee, produced by Heinrich Franck Sohne GmbH; the image of "the Kornfranck Aunt" is one of wholesome maternal comfort, suggesting that this ersatz coffee has connections to the traditions of the past. DFP-III 1431, Hohwlein / Stuttgart 433, Hohlwein / Munich 178-16, German Expressionist Art 33.