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Wilhelm Wagner (German, 1887-1968): Frauen / Women

German Expressionism: Survey I / Survey II / Survey III

"Käthe Kollwitz and German Expressionism" featured over fifty works by Käthe Kollwitz plus additional works by Ernst Barlach, Rudolf Bauer, Max Beckmann, Peter Behrens, Heinrich Campendonck, Marc Chagall, Lovis Corinth, Otto Dix, Lyonel Feininger,
Conrad Felixmuller, Hans Fronius, Alfons Graber, Otto Greiner, Georg Grosz, Erich Heckel, Hannah Hoch, Karl Hofer,
Wassily Kandinsky, Ernst Ludwig Kirchner, Paul Klee, Oskar Kokoschka, Ludwig Meidner, Edvard Munch,
Gabrielle Munter, Heinrich Nauen, Emile Nolde, Max Pechstein, Hilla von Rebay, Georges Rouault, Rudolf Schlichter,
Karl Schmidt-Rottluff, Siegfried Schott, Georg Tappert, Wilhelm Wagner, and others.

German Expressionist Drawings

The Russians: Chagall, Sonia Delaunay, Goncharova, Larionov, and Malevich
Wagner studied at the Academy in Hanau, but the single greatest influence on his work after about 1919 appears to have been Egon Schiele's drawings and paintings of nudes. During the teens and twenties, he was published in several important German Expressionist art journals including Kriegzeit, Zeit-Echo, and Der Bildermann; he was also selected to contribute to the Gurlitt Print Almanach, Das Graphische Jahr. 15 of his prints are illustrated in Bruce Davis's catalogue of the Collection of the Rifkind Center for the Study of German Expressionist Prints and Drawings at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art.

Selected Bibliography: Bruce Davis, German Expressionist Prints and Drawings: The Robert Gore Rifkind Center for German Expressionist Studies (Los Angeles: Los Angeles County Museum of Art / Prestel, 1989); Otto Grautoff, Wilhelm Wagner Skizzenbuch (Berlin: Verlag Fritz Gurlitt, 1922); Otto Grautoff, Wilhelm Wagner (München: Moderne Galerie / Thannhauser 1922); Heinrich Heine, Florentinische Nächte, mit Lithographien von Wilhelm Wagner (Berlin: Verlag Fritz Gurlitt, 1920); E. Redslob, Das Graphische Jahr (Berlin: Fritz Gurlitt Verlag, 1921). There is a brief anonymous essay on Wagner in Fritz Gurlitt's Almanach 1920 (Berlin: Fritz Gurlitt Verlag, 1920), "Wilhelm Wagner: Eine Paraphrase von Hambruch," 140-43. which illustrates one lithograph and one etching.
Standing nude brushing her hair. Original soft-ground etching, 1920. 1 of 20 signed and roman-numeraled impressions on Japan paper with the StrathmoreJapan watermark. Image size: 120x90mm. Price: $1250.
Frau bei der Toilette / Woman getting dressed. Original soft-ground etching, 1920. 1 of 20 signed and roman-numeraled impressions on Japan paper with the StrathmoreJapan watermark. Image size: 170x95mm. Price: $1250.
Weiblicher Akt / Reclining nude. Original etching, 1920. 1 of 20 signed and roman-numeraled impressions on Japan paper with the StrathmoreJapan watermark. Image size: 145x195mm. Price: $1250.
Frauen / Women. Original etching, 1919. 35 signed and roman-numeraled impressions on Van Galder Butten paper for the Portfolio Frauen. Image size: 105x155mm. Price: $1250.
Das Strumpfband. Original soft-ground etching, 1920. 1 of 20 signed and roman-numeraled impressions on Japan paper with the StrathmoreJapan watermark. Illustrated in Fritz Gurlitt's Almanach 1920, p. 142. Image size: 170x130mm. Price: $1250.
Akt / Nude. Original etching, 1919. 35 signed and roman-numeraled impressions on Van Galder Butten paper for the Portfolio Frauen. Image size: 120x91mm. Price: $1250.

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