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Carl Grossberg

Wuppertal-Elberfeld 1894 – 1940 near Lâon

Self portrait. 1928

Oil on panel. 70,1 × 60 cm. (27 ⅝ × 23 ⅝ in.) Signed and dated lower right: CARL GROSSBERG 1928. Retouchings.  [3003] Framed 

ProvenanceStudio of the artist / Galerie Nierendorf, Berlin (on commission by the artist, 1930) / Martin Rehmer, Berlin (acquired in 1930 at Galerie Nierendorf, thence by descent to the present owner)

EUR 300.000 – 400.000
USD 357,000 – 476,000

Sold for:
649,000 EUR (incl. premium)


Auction 330Thursday, 10 June 2021
06:00 PM

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We would like to thank Ergün Özdemir-Karsch, Galerie Nierendorf Berlin, for giving access to the gallery archive.

A loan request has been made for the exhibition „August Sander et la Nouvelle Objectivité“ in the Centre Pompidou, Paris (11.5.–5.9.2022) and Louisiana Museum of modern Art, Humlebæk (13.10.2022–19.2.2023).

Literature and IllustrationExh. cat.: Carl Grossberg. Retrospektive zum 100. Geburtstag. Wuppertal, Von der Heydt-Museum; Tübingen, Kunsthalle; Kiel, Kunsthalle; Bad Homburg, Sinclair-Haus, 1994/95, ill. p. 65 (listed as lost)

Essay about this artwork by Martin Schmidt.

• The artist’s only self-portrait.
• A typical example for Grossberg’s obsession with technology.
• Grossberg’s machines seem to have a magical life of their own.

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