May 19, 2022 - Sale 2605

Sale 2605 - Lot 33

Price Realized: $ 7,500
?Final Price Realized includes Buyer’s Premium added to Hammer Price
Estimate: $ 7,000 - $ 10,000


VALVO. 1931.

50 1/4x35 1/2 inches, 127 1/2x90 1/4 cm. W. Wassermann, Basel.
Condition B+: minor staining in bottom margin, slightly into text; repaired tears in margins, some into upper image; minor creases in margins.

After designing images in a geometric Art Deco style (Gaba, 1927) and toying with Surrealism (PKZ, 1934), Stoecklin turned towards Neue Sachlichkeit, or the New Objectivity. In this style, not only were products rendered in a hyper-realistic manner, without abstraction or interpretation, but lithographic techniques were also used at an elevated and precise level, allowing for clearer, crisper printing than ever before. One of Stoecklin's earliest examples New Objectivity, in which he presents "ordinary, if overlooked, item[s] elevated to extraordinary status - the tetrode tube, which was used in high-frequency radios. The approach is both grandiose and humorous, and Stoecklin executes the design masterfully" (Crouse p. 61). Another text variant has no additional text below the title. Rare. Stoecklin 66, Crouse p. 80, Realismes 22, Swiss Graphic Design p. 75.