Jan 26, 2017 - Sale 2435

Sale 2435 - Lot 44

Price Realized: $ 4,250
?Final Price Realized includes Buyer’s Premium added to Hammer Price
Estimate: $ 1,500 - $ 2,000
PETER BEHRENS (1868-1940) [DER KUSS.] 1898.
11x8 3/4 inches, 28x22 1/4 cm.
Condition A. Matted and framed. Unexamined out of frame.
A member of the Munich Secession Movement and a founder of the Darmstadt Künstlerkolonie (1901), Behrens was a key figure in the birth of graphic design in Germany, and also a driving force in the founding of the Werkbund, where industry and design came together. Pan was a sophisticated, high-end magazine that became the forum for much of the important literature of the period. Founded by Julius Bierbauen and Julius Maier-Graefe, it was published for five years, between 1895 and 1900. It was the only magazine to include fine-art quality original prints by young, promising artists (see lot 71 Mademoisselle Marcelle Lender, en Buste). Volume IV, number 2, contained this six-color woodcut by Behrens. An icon of Jugendstil, this image displays Behrens' exquisite control of curves and his exceptional harmony of colors. It was also a very daring piece in Puritanical Germany.