Stanisław Ignacy Witkiewicz (1885 – 1939)

Witkiewicz

Lot 2155. Stanislaw Ignacy Witkiewicz (1885 Warsaw – 1939 Warsaw)
Jadwiga Janczewska II, Zakopane. Circa 1913
Vintage. Gelatin silver contact print, presumably with sulphur and gold tone. 17,2 × 11,9 cm (17,6 × 12,3 cm) ( 6 ¾ × 4 ⅝ in. (6 ⅞ × 4 ⅞ in.)). Laid down on original cardboard, on the reverse of which numbered in pencil by various hands.
[2019]
Provenienz: Galerie Kicken, Berlin/private collection, Germany
Literatur und Abbildung: Witkacy, Metaphysische Portraits, eds. T.O. Immisch, Ulrich Pohlmann, Klaus E. Göltz, Leipzig 1997, p. 79/Stanislaw Ignacy Witkiewicz (1885-1939), Photographien/Photographs, Galerie Berinson, Berlin 2003, p. 27 (minimally larger detail)
Stanislaw Ignacy Witkiewicz, a central figure in the Polish avant-garde, was among 20th Century Europe’s most talented and creative artistic personalities. Witkiewicz was a multi talented artistic genius, whose creative output included drawing, painting, theater, literature, philosophy, art theory and photography. […] Of particular significance within his photographic work – Witkiewicz took his first photographs at age 14 – is the series of portraits he took of friends and relatives. These “soul portraits” capture in an arresting and sometimes sinister manner the “inner” human being. These somewhat unusual pictures may be regarded as the first close-up portraits in the history of photography. The photographic work of Witkiewicz was almost completely destroyed in the Second World War; only a small number of works remain.” (cited after: Op. cit. (Berlin 2003), p. 6-7)

Estimate 20,000-25,000 euro. Grisebach. 11/25/15

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Witkiewicz-2

Lot 2156. Stanislaw Ignacy Witkiewicz (1885 Warsaw – 1939 Warsaw)
Janina Illukiewicz, Zakopane. Circa 1912
Vintage. Pigment print. Approx. 16,6 × 11,7 cm ( 6 ½ × 4 ⅝ in.). On the reverse numbered in pencil by unknown hand.
Edges irregularly trimmed. With crease at lower left corner. [2019]
Provenienz: Galerie Berinson, Berlin/private collection, Germany
Literatur und Abbildung: Witkacy, Metaphysische Portraits, eds. T.O. Immisch, Ulrich Pohlmann, Klaus E. Göltz, Leipzig 1997, p. 121/Stanislaw Ignacy Witkiewicz (1885-1939), Photographien/Photographs, Galerie Berinson, Berlin 2003, p. 35 (smaller detail)

Estimate 10,000-15,000 euro

 

 

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