Highlights from the Ismar Littmann Family Collection of German Expressionism & European Avant-Garde

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A Historic Collection

Few collectors in Breslau during the early 1900s had a passion for connoisseurship, collecting and the visual arts equal to Ismar Littmann, who amassed more than 6,000 works of art with visions for a public installation of the collection. Todd Weyman, Director of Prints & Drawings, recounts the family’s collecting history in an introductory essay for the catalogue.

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Significant works by Lyonel FeiningerErich HeckelPaul KleeKäthe KollwitzOtto Mueller and Max Pechstein make this a standout selection of 160 prints, paintings and drawings.

 

Otto Mueller

 

Lot 110 - Otto Mueller
Lot 110: Otto Mueller, Nackte in Landschaft, watercolor, ink & pencil, circa 1920s. Estimate $20,000 to $30,000.
Lot 112 - Otto Mueller
Lot 112: Otto Mueller, Lagernde Zigeunerfamilie mit Ziege, color lithograph, 1926-27. Estimate $30,000 to $50,000.
Lot 111 - Otto Mueller
Lot 111: Otto Mueller, Zwei Zigeunerinnen (Zigeunermutter mit Tochter), color lithograph with gouache, 1926-27. Estimate $25,000 to $35,000.

 

 

Käthe Kollwitz

 

Lot 66 - Käthe Kollwitz
Lot 66: Käthe Kollwitz, Figuren Studien, charcoal, double-sided, circa 1905. Estimate $10,000 to $15,000.
Lot 74 - Käthe Kollwitz
Lot 74: Käthe Kollwitz, Selbstbildnis von vorn,woodcut, 1922-23. Estimate $2,000 to $3,000.

Max Pechstein

 

Lot 93: Max Pechstein, Sommer I, woodcut with watercolor, 1912. Estimate $10,000 to $15,000.
Lot 102 - Max Pechstein
Lot 102: Max Pechstein, Reisebilder: Italien–Sudsee, portfolio with complete text & 50 lithographs, 1919. Estimate $25,000 to $35,000.

 

 

Significant & Scarce Prints

 

Lot 119 - Erich Heckel
Lot 119: Erich Heckel, Liegende, color woodcut, 1913. Estimate $5,000 to $8,000.
Lot 149 - Lyonel Feininger
Lot 149: Lyonel Feininger, Die Grüne Brücke, etching, 1910-11. Estimate $6,000 to $9,000.
Lot 150 - Paul Klee
Lot 150: Paul Klee, Die Hexe mit dem Kamm, lithograph, 1922. Estimate $8,000 to $12,000.
Lot 127 - Louis Marcoussis
Lot 127: Louis Marcoussis, Le Comptoir, etching, aquatint and drypoint, 1921. Estimate $5,000 to $8,000.

 

 

Original Works

 

Lot 125: Nicolas Ghika, Intérieur avec chevalet d’artiste, oil on canvas, circa 1920s. Estimate $50,000 to $80,000.
Lot 17 - Lesser Ury
Lot 17: Lesser Ury, Allee im Tiergarten, Berlin, color pastels, circa 1920. Estimate $50,000 to $80,000.
Lot 14: Paula Modersohn-Becker, Das Kalb, oil on canvas, circa 1900-05. Estimate $20,000 to $30,000.
Lot 157 - Paul Kleinschmidt
Lot 157: Paul Kleinschmidt, Landschaft, watercolor and pencil, 1938. Estimate $3,000 to $5,000.
Lot 151 - Otakar Kubín
Lot 151: Otakar Kubín, Paysage avec Ferme, oil on canvas, circa 1920. Estimate $10,000 to $15,000.

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