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Impressionist & Modern Art / GEORG KOLBE (1877-1947) Kopf der Aufblickenden 8 in (20.3 cm) (height) (Conceived in 1920. This bronze version cast in the early 1920s)

Lot 5
Kopf der Aufblickenden
18 May 2022, 17:00 EDT
New York

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GEORG KOLBE (1877-1947)

Kopf der Aufblickenden
inscribed with the artist's initials 'G.K' (on the back of the neck) and inscribed with the foundry mark 'H.Noack Berlin Friedenau' (on the rim of the neck)
bronze with black patina with artist's stone base and plinth
8 in (20.3 cm) (height)
Conceived in 1920. This bronze version cast in the early 1920s


The authenticity of this work has been confirmed by Dr. Ursel Berger.

Galerie Alex Vömel, Dusseldorf, no. 722K.
Gertrude M. Kilsheimer Edwards Collection, Chevy Chase, Maryland.
Suzanne Figi Collection, La Jolla (by descent from the above by July 1968).
Thence by descent to the present owner.

In 1920, Georg Kolbe modeled the half life-size figure of Aufblickende, an example of which is now in the Kolbe estate at the Georg Kolbe Museum in Berlin. In the present lot, the artist presents just the head of Aufblickende. By slightly changing the head's positioning and adding a plinth and a stone base as a cube with oblique edges, Kolbe nimbly arranges the figure's head as an autonomous sculpture. Like the half life-size figure, the head is modeled in geometrically stylized shapes with black patina. Although the size of the life-time editions is unknown, the present cast is rare. Cast in the early 1920s, Kopf der Aufblickenden is a significant example of Kolbe's hallmark, expressionist style.

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