Ernst Wilhelm Nay

German, 1902–1968

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Ernst Wilhelm Nay

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German, 1902–1968

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Eurydike, 1947
Sold on Dec 11, 2020
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Gouache, on laid paper
30.0 x 48.0 cm
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Dec 11, 2020
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Eurydike. 1947. Gouache. Claesges 47-040. Signed and dated in lower right. Verso inscribed "E.W:Nay / Gouache zu 'Eurydike' 1947" by Elisabeth Nay-Scheibler. On laid paper. 48 x 30 cm (18.8 x 11.8 in), the full sheet. [KT]. • Through the combination of abstract and figurative elements, Nay creates a poetic interpretation of the ancient myth of Eurydice bitten by the snake • From the fascinating "Hekate period" (1945-48), in which Nay reflects on the events of the recent past, often using mythological themes • After the years of defamation, important solo exhibitions took place in 1946/47, and the artist met important collectors, as well as his future wife Elisabeth Kerschbaumer. PROVENANCE: Lempertz, Cologne, auction June 7, 1989, lot 1009 (with illu.). Private collection Germany. Called up: December 11, 2020 - ca. 15.05 h +/- 20 min.
Eurydike, 1947
Gouache, on laid paper
Dec 11, 2020
Ketterer Kunst
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30.0 x 48.0 cm
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Dec 11, 2020
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Eurydike. 1947. Gouache. Claesges 47-040. Signed and dated in lower right. Verso inscribed "E.W:Nay / Gouache zu 'Eurydike' 1947" by Elisabeth Nay-Scheibler. On laid paper. 48 x 30 cm (18.8 x 11.8 in), the full sheet. [KT]. • Through the combination of abstract and figurative elements, Nay creates a poetic interpretation of the ancient myth of Eurydice bitten by the snake • From the fascinating "Hekate period" (1945-48), in which Nay reflects on the events of the recent past, often using mythological themes • After the years of defamation, important solo exhibitions took place in 1946/47, and the artist met important collectors, as well as his future wife Elisabeth Kerschbaumer. PROVENANCE: Lempertz, Cologne, auction June 7, 1989, lot 1009 (with illu.). Private collection Germany. Called up: December 11, 2020 - ca. 15.05 h +/- 20 min.
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Blau bewegt, 1957
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Oil on canvas
87.5 x 115.0 cm
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Dec 11, 2020
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Blau bewegt. 1957. Oil on canvas. Signed and dated in lower right. Verso of the canvas signed. Verso of the stretcher inscribed with the artist's name, the date and the title, presumably by a hand other than that of the artist. 115 x 87.5 cm (45.2 x 34.4 in). [CH]. • Work of museum quality in particularly harmonious colors, from the important series of the "Scheibenbilder" (‘Disc Pictures‘, 1954-1962). • Part of the grand retrospective shown at Kunstverein Düsseldorf in 1959. • Notable provenances, part of the Collection Deutsche Bank AG, Frankfurt a. M. for nearly 40 years • The year the work was made E. W. Nay participated in the exhibition "German Art of the Twentieth Century" at Museum of Modern Art in New York. • Other works from this period are at, among others, the Museum Folkwang in Essen (1957), the Bavarian State Painting Collections, Munich (1956), the Nationalgalerie, Berlin (1957), the Kunsthalle Hamburg (1958) and the Kunsthalle Bremen (1957). PROVENANCE: Galerie Günther Franke, Munich (verso of the stretcher with the gallery label). Galerie Jacques Fricker, Paris (1961). Galerie Gunzenhauser, Munich. Collection Deutsche Bank AG, Frankfurt a. M. (acquired from aforementioned in 1982). EXHIBITION: E. W. Nay, Galerie Günther Franke, Munich, August 17 till late September 1957, cat. no. 4 (with gallery label on verso of the stretcher). E. W. Nay. Peintures, Aquarelles, Gravures aux sucre 1938-1958, Galerie Les Contemporains, Brussels, April 25 - May 15, 1958, cat. no. 12. E. W. Nay. Retrospektive, Kunstverein für die Rheinlande und Westfalen, Düsseldorf, January 9 - February 15, 1959, cat. no. 111 (verso of the stretcher with a typographically inscribed and hand-written exhibition label) Die Kunst zu sammeln - das 20./21. Jahrhundert in Düsseldorfer Privat- und Unternehmensbesitz, Museum Kunstpalast, Düsseldorf, April 21 - July 22, 2007. Blind Date Istanbul. Sabanci University Sakip Sabanci Museum, Istanbul, September 08 - November 1, 2007. "A sensual art, a powerful art, an art that is an expression of life, emanating a universal sensation that is a new definition of religion, a wordly transcendence. This art is my art [..]." E. W. Nay, quote after: ex. cat. Nay - Variationen. Retrospektive zum 100. Geburtstag, Kunsthalle der Hypo-Kulturstiftung, Munich 2002, p. 20. Called up: December 11, 2020 - ca. 17.29 h +/- 20 min.
Blau bewegt, 1957
Oil on canvas
Dec 11, 2020
Ketterer Kunst
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87.5 x 115.0 cm
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Dec 11, 2020
Ketterer Kunst
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Blau bewegt. 1957. Oil on canvas. Signed and dated in lower right. Verso of the canvas signed. Verso of the stretcher inscribed with the artist's name, the date and the title, presumably by a hand other than that of the artist. 115 x 87.5 cm (45.2 x 34.4 in). [CH]. • Work of museum quality in particularly harmonious colors, from the important series of the "Scheibenbilder" (‘Disc Pictures‘, 1954-1962). • Part of the grand retrospective shown at Kunstverein Düsseldorf in 1959. • Notable provenances, part of the Collection Deutsche Bank AG, Frankfurt a. M. for nearly 40 years • The year the work was made E. W. Nay participated in the exhibition "German Art of the Twentieth Century" at Museum of Modern Art in New York. • Other works from this period are at, among others, the Museum Folkwang in Essen (1957), the Bavarian State Painting Collections, Munich (1956), the Nationalgalerie, Berlin (1957), the Kunsthalle Hamburg (1958) and the Kunsthalle Bremen (1957). PROVENANCE: Galerie Günther Franke, Munich (verso of the stretcher with the gallery label). Galerie Jacques Fricker, Paris (1961). Galerie Gunzenhauser, Munich. Collection Deutsche Bank AG, Frankfurt a. M. (acquired from aforementioned in 1982). EXHIBITION: E. W. Nay, Galerie Günther Franke, Munich, August 17 till late September 1957, cat. no. 4 (with gallery label on verso of the stretcher). E. W. Nay. Peintures, Aquarelles, Gravures aux sucre 1938-1958, Galerie Les Contemporains, Brussels, April 25 - May 15, 1958, cat. no. 12. E. W. Nay. Retrospektive, Kunstverein für die Rheinlande und Westfalen, Düsseldorf, January 9 - February 15, 1959, cat. no. 111 (verso of the stretcher with a typographically inscribed and hand-written exhibition label) Die Kunst zu sammeln - das 20./21. Jahrhundert in Düsseldorfer Privat- und Unternehmensbesitz, Museum Kunstpalast, Düsseldorf, April 21 - July 22, 2007. Blind Date Istanbul. Sabanci University Sakip Sabanci Museum, Istanbul, September 08 - November 1, 2007. "A sensual art, a powerful art, an art that is an expression of life, emanating a universal sensation that is a new definition of religion, a wordly transcendence. This art is my art [..]." E. W. Nay, quote after: ex. cat. Nay - Variationen. Retrospektive zum 100. Geburtstag, Kunsthalle der Hypo-Kulturstiftung, Munich 2002, p. 20. Called up: December 11, 2020 - ca. 17.29 h +/- 20 min.
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Onyx, 1963
Sold on Dec 11, 2020
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Oil on canvas
70.0 x 82.0 cm
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Dec 11, 2020
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Onyx. 1963. Oil on canvas. Scheibler 1060. Signed and dated in lower right. Verso once more signed and with signature, date and title on the stretcher. With crossed out date "1960". 82 x 70 cm (32.2 x 27.5 in). [SL]. • Part of the group "Augenbilder" made as of 1963. • Nay creates a special dynamic through superimposing discs and colors. • Appealing surface structure. • The artist is among the most important representatives of German Post war Art. PROVENANCE: Galerie Orangerie-Reinz, Cologne. Private collection Rhineland. Private collection Baden-Württemberg (since 2019). EXHIBITION: Ernst Wilhelm Nay, Gemälde, Aquarelle, Zeichnungen von 1932 bis heute, Frankfurter Kunstkabinett Hanna Bekker vom Rath, Frankfurt a. M. 1960, cat. no. 33. Ernst Wilhelm Nay, Galerie Günther Franke, Munich 1963, cat. no. 4 (with gallery stamp on verso of the stretcher). Ernst Wilhem Nay 1902-1968, Galerie Orangerie-Reinz, Cologne 1981, cat. no p., with illu. Called up: December 11, 2020 - ca. 14.59 h +/- 20 min.
Onyx, 1963
Oil on canvas
Dec 11, 2020
Ketterer Kunst
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70.0 x 82.0 cm
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Dec 11, 2020
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Onyx. 1963. Oil on canvas. Scheibler 1060. Signed and dated in lower right. Verso once more signed and with signature, date and title on the stretcher. With crossed out date "1960". 82 x 70 cm (32.2 x 27.5 in). [SL]. • Part of the group "Augenbilder" made as of 1963. • Nay creates a special dynamic through superimposing discs and colors. • Appealing surface structure. • The artist is among the most important representatives of German Post war Art. PROVENANCE: Galerie Orangerie-Reinz, Cologne. Private collection Rhineland. Private collection Baden-Württemberg (since 2019). EXHIBITION: Ernst Wilhelm Nay, Gemälde, Aquarelle, Zeichnungen von 1932 bis heute, Frankfurter Kunstkabinett Hanna Bekker vom Rath, Frankfurt a. M. 1960, cat. no. 33. Ernst Wilhelm Nay, Galerie Günther Franke, Munich 1963, cat. no. 4 (with gallery stamp on verso of the stretcher). Ernst Wilhem Nay 1902-1968, Galerie Orangerie-Reinz, Cologne 1981, cat. no p., with illu. Called up: December 11, 2020 - ca. 14.59 h +/- 20 min.
€13,750
Drei Kreuze (Taunus), 1939
Sold on Jul 18, 2020
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Watercolor over pencil, on laid paper
63.2 x 48.5 cm
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€13,750
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Jul 18, 2020
Ketterer Kunst
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Drei Kreuze (Taunus), 1939
Watercolor over pencil, on laid paper
Jul 18, 2020
Ketterer Kunst
€13,750
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63.2 x 48.5 cm
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Jul 18, 2020
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€13,750
€60,000
Untitled, 1956
Sold on Jul 17, 2020
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Watercolor, on firm paper
56.6 x 27.3 cm
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€60,000
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Jul 17, 2020
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Ohne Titel. 1956. Watercolor. Claesges 56-035. Verso with a hand-written inscription and a confirmation from Elisabeth Nay-Scheibler. On firm paper. 27.3 x 56.6 cm (10.7 x 22.2 in), the full sheet. This is one of the preliminary watercolors for the large-size work "Freiburger Bild" (oil on canvas, Scheibler 812), which explains the unusually long format. There is no final study in existence that can be ascribed directly to the oil painting, which is why the prelimiary watercolors must be considered of equal value with regards to the later painting (cf. catalog raisonné Claesges, p. 115). [CH]. • Preliminary watercolor for the large-size painting "Freiburger Bild". • Notable provenance • Unusual format. • Colors in a particularly strong and fresh impression. PROVENANCE: Collection Günther Franke, Munich. Galerie Herbert Meyer-Ellinger, Frankfurt am Main (1987). Private collection Rhineland. Galerie Ludorff, Düsseldorf (2009) Private collection Frankfurt am Main. Galerie Thomas, Munich. Private collection Southern Germany (acquired from aforementioned in 2010). EXHIBITION: Ernst Wilhelm Nay. Retrospektive, Museum Ludwig in der Josef-Haubrich-Kunsthalle, Cologne, November 17, 1990 - January 20, 1991, Kunsthalle Basel, March 28 - May 20, 1991, Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art, Edinburgh, June 8 - July 21, 1991, cat. no. 223 (with illu. on p. 180). LITERATURE: Veronika Kaiser-Pogany, Nana Ludorff, Nadine Müller, Katharina Venz and Sabine Ziegenrücker (editors), ex. cat. Ernst Wilhelm Nay. Ohne Titel - Studie zum Freiburger Bild, in: Neuerwerbungen. Spring 2009, Galerie Ludorff, catalog 127, Düsseldorf 2009, p. 80. Called up: July 17, 2020 - ca. 13.57 h +/- 20 min.
Untitled, 1956
Watercolor, on firm paper
Jul 17, 2020
Ketterer Kunst
€60,000
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56.6 x 27.3 cm
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Jul 17, 2020
Ketterer Kunst
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€60,000
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Ohne Titel. 1956. Watercolor. Claesges 56-035. Verso with a hand-written inscription and a confirmation from Elisabeth Nay-Scheibler. On firm paper. 27.3 x 56.6 cm (10.7 x 22.2 in), the full sheet. This is one of the preliminary watercolors for the large-size work "Freiburger Bild" (oil on canvas, Scheibler 812), which explains the unusually long format. There is no final study in existence that can be ascribed directly to the oil painting, which is why the prelimiary watercolors must be considered of equal value with regards to the later painting (cf. catalog raisonné Claesges, p. 115). [CH]. • Preliminary watercolor for the large-size painting "Freiburger Bild". • Notable provenance • Unusual format. • Colors in a particularly strong and fresh impression. PROVENANCE: Collection Günther Franke, Munich. Galerie Herbert Meyer-Ellinger, Frankfurt am Main (1987). Private collection Rhineland. Galerie Ludorff, Düsseldorf (2009) Private collection Frankfurt am Main. Galerie Thomas, Munich. Private collection Southern Germany (acquired from aforementioned in 2010). EXHIBITION: Ernst Wilhelm Nay. Retrospektive, Museum Ludwig in der Josef-Haubrich-Kunsthalle, Cologne, November 17, 1990 - January 20, 1991, Kunsthalle Basel, March 28 - May 20, 1991, Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art, Edinburgh, June 8 - July 21, 1991, cat. no. 223 (with illu. on p. 180). LITERATURE: Veronika Kaiser-Pogany, Nana Ludorff, Nadine Müller, Katharina Venz and Sabine Ziegenrücker (editors), ex. cat. Ernst Wilhelm Nay. Ohne Titel - Studie zum Freiburger Bild, in: Neuerwerbungen. Spring 2009, Galerie Ludorff, catalog 127, Düsseldorf 2009, p. 80. Called up: July 17, 2020 - ca. 13.57 h +/- 20 min.
€17,188
Untitled, 1956
Sold on Jul 17, 2020
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Watercolor, on slightly grained wove paper
60.3 x 41.8 cm
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€17,188
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Jul 17, 2020
Ketterer Kunst
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Ohne Titel. 1956. Watercolor. Not in Claesgen. Signed, dated and inscribed in bottom center. On slightly grained wove paper. 41.8 x 60.3 cm (16.4 x 23.7 in), size of sheet. [CE]. The sheet will be included into the oeuvre catalog of Nay's watercolors, gouaches and drawings compiled by Elisabeth Nay-Scheibler and Dr. Magdalene Claesges, Cologne, with the catalog raisonné number 56-005.1. PROVENANCE: Private collection Northern Germany. Called up: July 17, 2020 - ca. 14.00 h +/- 20 min.
Untitled, 1956
Watercolor, on slightly grained wove paper
Jul 17, 2020
Ketterer Kunst
€17,188
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60.3 x 41.8 cm
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Jul 17, 2020
Ketterer Kunst
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€17,188
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Ohne Titel. 1956. Watercolor. Not in Claesgen. Signed, dated and inscribed in bottom center. On slightly grained wove paper. 41.8 x 60.3 cm (16.4 x 23.7 in), size of sheet. [CE]. The sheet will be included into the oeuvre catalog of Nay's watercolors, gouaches and drawings compiled by Elisabeth Nay-Scheibler and Dr. Magdalene Claesges, Cologne, with the catalog raisonné number 56-005.1. PROVENANCE: Private collection Northern Germany. Called up: July 17, 2020 - ca. 14.00 h +/- 20 min.
€31,250
Halb Gelb - halb Blau, 1965
Sold on Jul 17, 2020
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Watercolor, on grained wove paper
42.0 x 60.5 cm
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€31,250
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Jul 17, 2020
Ketterer Kunst
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Halb Gelb - halb Blau. 1965. Watercolor. Claesges 65-128. Signed, dated and inscribed "K" in lower right. On grained wove paper. 60.5 x 42 cm (23.8 x 16.5 in), the full sheet. This watercolor was made during a summer vacation on Crete. • From the artist's sought-after "Eye Picture" series • Large-size composition in strong colors • Notable provenance. PROVENANCE: Galerie Günther Franke, Munich (1965). Alice and Otto Schrag, Baden-Baden. LITERATURE: Galerie Wolfgang Ketterer Munich, 141st auction, May 30, 1989, lot 202. "Painting means forming the picture out of color, because color is the life of painting .." Ernst Wilhelm Nay Called up: July 17, 2020 - ca. 14.02 h +/- 20 min.
Halb Gelb - halb Blau, 1965
Watercolor, on grained wove paper
Jul 17, 2020
Ketterer Kunst
€31,250
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42.0 x 60.5 cm
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Jul 17, 2020
Ketterer Kunst
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€31,250
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Halb Gelb - halb Blau. 1965. Watercolor. Claesges 65-128. Signed, dated and inscribed "K" in lower right. On grained wove paper. 60.5 x 42 cm (23.8 x 16.5 in), the full sheet. This watercolor was made during a summer vacation on Crete. • From the artist's sought-after "Eye Picture" series • Large-size composition in strong colors • Notable provenance. PROVENANCE: Galerie Günther Franke, Munich (1965). Alice and Otto Schrag, Baden-Baden. LITERATURE: Galerie Wolfgang Ketterer Munich, 141st auction, May 30, 1989, lot 202. "Painting means forming the picture out of color, because color is the life of painting .." Ernst Wilhelm Nay Called up: July 17, 2020 - ca. 14.02 h +/- 20 min.
€175,000
Menschen in den Lofoten (Menschen an Felsenbucht), 1902-1968
Sold on Jun 2, 2020
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oil on canvas
100 x 130cm
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€175,000
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Jun 2, 2020
Christie's
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Ernst Wilhelm Nay (1902-1968) Menschen in den Lofoten (Menschen an Felsenbucht) signed and dated 'Ew Nay 38' (lower left); numbered and dated '1938 18' (on the reverse) oil on canvas 100 x 130cm. Painted in 1938
Menschen in den Lofoten (Menschen an Felsenbucht), 1902-1968
oil on canvas
Jun 2, 2020
Christie's
€175,000
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100 x 130cm
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Jun 2, 2020
Christie's
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€175,000
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Ernst Wilhelm Nay (1902-1968) Menschen in den Lofoten (Menschen an Felsenbucht) signed and dated 'Ew Nay 38' (lower left); numbered and dated '1938 18' (on the reverse) oil on canvas 100 x 130cm. Painted in 1938
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Untitled, 1902-1968
Sold on Jun 2, 2020
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watercolour on paper
41.5 x 59.5cm
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Jun 2, 2020
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Ernst Wilhelm Nay (1902-1968) Untitled signed, inscribed and dated 'Nay 59 M' (lower right) watercolour on paper 41.5 x 59.5cm. Executed in 1959
Untitled, 1902-1968
watercolour on paper
Jun 2, 2020
Christie's
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41.5 x 59.5cm
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Jun 2, 2020
Christie's
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Ernst Wilhelm Nay (1902-1968) Untitled signed, inscribed and dated 'Nay 59 M' (lower right) watercolour on paper 41.5 x 59.5cm. Executed in 1959
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Farblitho 1958 (NOR), 1958
Sold on Dec 4, 2019
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Colour lithograph on card
62.0 x 52.5 cm
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Dec 4, 2019
Lempertz
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Farblitho 1958 (NOR), 1958
Colour lithograph on card
Dec 4, 2019
Lempertz
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62.0 x 52.5 cm
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Dec 4, 2019
Lempertz
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