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Lenk, Franz
1898 Langenbernsdorf - 1968 Schwäbisch Hall.
«Lausa mit Kirche (Lausa with church)».
Oil on canvas, relined. Signed lower right and dated 1924. Verso a printed label of the Galerie von Abercron, Cologne, typographically inscribed with the work's data. Verso on the stretcher inscribed presumably by a different hand «15[…] Lausa bei Dresden (Lausa by Dresden)», «Zsch[…]» as well as numbered «50/1928» and «No 509.». Verso on the stretcher on two printed labels inscribed «A-24-1» and numbered «7» as well as remains of an old label.
H 99, W 82 cm (support). Original frame.
«[…] in the years up to and including 1931, a theme occurs again and again that is to be described here as ‹Landschaft aus nächster Distanz (landscape at close range)›. Standing directly against the sky, the houses are often depicted as several interlaced buildings. The trees surrounding them and the landscape visible behind them have the task of bringing the houses closer. Giving the pictures depth, the sky also serves the same purpose». from: Galerie von Abercron (Ed.), Franz Lenk 1898 - 1968, Retrospektive und Dokumentation, Cologne 1976, p. 12.
«I have a work in ink showing a drawing I made with devotion as a child of the village church. Even today I remember sitting on the edge of the field in the summer heat and watching the farmers walk from the valley to the field or along the village, while I struggled to depict the little church. Even now, while painting, I walk around in my scenery in my mind. I walk along the paths I paint. [...] That's what I want to paint! Not a copy, but life!» Franz Lenk, Was ich will, in: Die Kunst, vol. 1931, 1, p. 372ff., cited in: Galerie von Abercron, ibid. p. 8.
We would like to thank Mr Marco Zambon, Galerie von Abercron, Munich, for the kind remarks via E-Mail, based on photos, 31.07.2022.
Provenance: purchased at Galerie von Abercron, Munich, in 1977; since then private collection Müllheim in the Markgräflerland.
Exhibitions: Aquarelle und Zeichnungen, Dresden, Kunstsalon Emil Richter, January - February 1926; Die Sieben von Barmen (Theo Champion, Adolf Dietrich, Hasso von Hugo, Franz Lenk, Alexander Kanoldt, Franz Radziwill, Georg Schrimpf), Bochum, Barmen, Cologne, Düsseldorf, Aachen, Krefeld, Mülheim a.d. Ruhr, 1932, No. 2232; Franz Lenk: Bilder und Aquarelle, München, Galleria del Levante, May - July 1971, No. 4; Alexander Kanoldt - Franz Lenk, Heilbronn, Kunstverein Heilbronn, 01.04. - 29.04.1973; Franz Lenk Retrospektiv-Ausstellung, Cologne, Galerie Abercron, 1976, No. 7.
Catalogue raisonné: von Abercron A-24-1 (Arbeitsbuch 154).

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hammer price: 10000,- EUR
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