The Wilmersdorf stadium on the former Lochowdamm in Berlin was built between 1948 and 1951 within the orderly landfill of war wreckage, which involved up to 300 people. In May 1951, the stadium with a stand and a capacity of 50,000 spectators had been officially inaugurated. Helmut Märksch captured the sports ground, which was surely seen as a sign of overcoming the consequences of the war, in the same year in a loose, atmospheric brushstroke and animated with spectators and athletes.
The unvarnished painting bears overall fine aging cracks. Additionally, there are occasional bulges to the canvas with a small area of fine paint losses in the lower right half of the image. The surface is slightly soiled, abrasions due to framing with tiny paint losses in places are visible along the edges. There are glue remains of a lost label on verso on the canvas. The overall condition and impression is good, consistent with age. The frame displays slight signs of age and wear, but is otherwise in good condition.
Helmut Märksch (1907-1980)
Helmut Märksch was born in Berlin. From 1927 to 1933 he studied at the Vereinigten Staatsschulen für freie und angewandte Kunst. Suffering from reprisals during the Nazi regime, Märksch regularly exhibited at the Grand Berlin Art Exhibition after 1945 and also took part in the exhibitions of the Berlin art association "Der Ring". In 1961 Helmut Märksch settled down on Sylt. His impressionistically influenced oeuvre includes landscapes, still life and portraits. (fea)