EMIL NOLDE

1867 Nolde – Seebüll 1956

Blonde Frau – Blond Woman 1917

woodcut on rough, greenish wove paper; 303 x 243 mm (11 15/16 x 9 9/16 inches)

signed in pencil at lower right; annotated in the lower left corner I.5

Schiefler/Mosel 145

PROVENANCE
Galerie Kornfeld, Berne, June 15, 1988, lot 808
R.E. Lewis, Inc., San Francisco
private collection, San Francisco (acquired in 1989)

The pencil annotation in the lower left corner of the sheet describes this as the fifth impression pulled from the block in the first state. Schiefler/Mosel document seven impressions of the first state. We have been able to trace merely two on the market since 1974 when an impression was sold at Christie’s, London (July 4, 1974, lot 155, this one numbered six). The only other time this print appeared for sale was when our impression came up for auction in 1988 at Galerie Kornfeld in Berne.

The second state is not strictly speaking a state: the block cracked in the middle, but Nolde apparently pulled some impressions from the cracked block.

A superb impression, showing all inking gradations from grainy to solid black; the intended coarseness of the composition is further enhanced by the rough surface of the paper; on an impeccably preserved sheet with deckled edges at top and right.