Jan 26, 2017 - Sale 2435

Sale 2435 - Lot 9

Price Realized: $ 1,250
?Final Price Realized includes Buyer’s Premium added to Hammer Price
Estimate: $ 1,000 - $ 1,500
LUDWIG HOHLWEIN (1874-1949) [TURF.] Group of 3 plates. 1909.
Each approximately 19 3/8x19 3/4 inches, 49 1/4x50 cm. [Kunst & Verlagsanstalt Graphia, Munich.]
Condition varies, generally A-: mat staining in margins; hinged to mat at top edge. Individually matted and framed. Unxamined out of frames.
Turf was a portfolio of twelve images depicting all aspects of horse racing: the public, the jockeys, track-side scenes and the horses themselves. With its flat colors and absence of outlines, it is reminiscent of the work of the Beggarstaff Brothers. Specifically, it reflects the influence of William Nicholson (half of the Beggarstaff duo) whose portfolios London Types (1898) and Twelve Portraits (1899) present images rendered in exactly the same style and with the same beige, brown and black color scheme. Hohlwein's images of horse racing are more dynamic than those of Nicholson, and the clever organization of the composition, with the dark ground and the tan sky, the silhouettes in the background, and the detail in front, is a brilliant example of how he could manipulate light and shadow. Hohlwein p. 132.