These two grano lithographs are reproductions after watercolors by August Macke from 1914, one of which is part of the collection of the ‘Kupferstichkabinett’ (print room) in Berlin, ‘Landscape with Bright Trees’, and ‘Bright House II’, which is part of a private collection. These two works delight with their cheerful colors. ‘Bright House’ is probably influenced by the artist’s travel to Tunisia, which he undertook with Paul Klee in 1914. Klee‘s handwriting seems to be omnipresent in this work.
Both sheets are in very good condition with only minimal wear. They are matted and framed in two beautiful identical frames. These are also in very good condition, showing only minor wear. The overall dimensions, with frame are, 63 x 59 cm. The sheet dimensions are 50 x 40 cm.
August Macke (1887-1914)
A native of the Upper Sauerland, August Macke was one of the most famous German Expressionist painter. In 1904, he began an apprenticeship at the Royal Art Academy Dusseldorf. At the same time, he took courses at the local arts and crafts school. On a trip to Paris in 1907, he learned about Impressionism and subsequently completed his training with the German Impressionist Lovis Corinth in Berlin. In 1909, Macke traveled again to Paris, where he encountered the works of the Fauves and futurists. In 1910, he got to know Franz Marc, and a year later he worked with him and Wassily Kandinsky on the publication of the almanac ‘Der Blaue Reiter’. Starting this year, he also participated in exhibitions of the artist group. In 1913, Macke moved to Hilterfingen on the Lake Thun. There he created his most important works. In this place, he also met Paul Klee, with whom he undertook a trip to Tunisia in 1914.
Macke's works are characterized by the preoccupation with light. They show pure, bright and harmonious colors. They feature a lightness, which does not include any tragic nature. August Macke’s artworks are exhibited in major international museums, including the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Musem of Modern Art, the Folkwang Museum, the Kunstmuseum Basel, and the Museum Ludwig and the Albertina in Vienna. (cko)