Jan 26, 2017 - Sale 2435

Sale 2435 - Lot 11

Price Realized: $ 2,860
?Final Price Realized includes Buyer’s Premium added to Hammer Price
Estimate: $ 4,000 - $ 6,000
38 1/2x26 1/2 inches, 92 3/4x67 1/4 cm. Joh. Roth, Munich.
Condition B: extensive overpainting, sharp creases and restoration in margins and image and along vertical and horizontal folds; restored losses in margins. Framed. Unexamined out of frame.
Horseback riding was one of Hohlwein's passions. Amongst his earliest and most successful poster commissions were images for the Hermann Scherrer store (one featuring a woman on a horse, the other a man with a saddle), and the subject of his first portfolio was horse racing (Turf, 1909): "All who know men and horses have a high regard for Hohlwein's rendering of them. It is this peculiar combination of realism and advertising power that gives these posters their remarkable distinction" (Frenzel p. 40). It was on the basis of this equine affection that the year following Turf he was asked to advertise the Munich races. He depicts three galloping horses charging towards the viewer as brown masses against a patterned green background, with the white of the rider's breeches bringing light into the image. The dynamic composition is augmented by the brush-stroke style technique that Hohlwein uses. DFP-III 1367, Hohlwein / Stuttgart 42, Hohlwein / Munich, p. 134.