Autumn Auctions 2020



Albert Renger-Patzsch

Würzburg 1897 – 1966 Wamel near Soest

Moorbach im Winter. Before 1928

Vintage. Gelatin silver print. 27,4 × 37,6 cm (29,8 × 39,8 cm). (10 ¾ × 14 ¾ in. (11 ¾ × 15 ⅝ in.)) Archive number: "U 92“ by Albert Renger-Patzsch in pencil on the reverse.  [2038]

EUR 10.000 – 15.000
USD 11,800 – 17,600

Sold for:
12,500 EUR (incl. premium)

Moorbach im Winter

Auction 323Wednesday, 2 December 2020
06:00 PM

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Literature and IllustrationCarl Georg Heise: Neue Möglichkeiten Photographischer Bildkunst, in: Kunst und Künstler. Illustrierte Monatsschrift für Kunst und Kunstgewerbe, vol. 26, issue 5, February 1928, p. 182 (there titled: Moorbach im Winter)

Albert Renger-Patzsch, who began his career as a photographer in 1922, gained worldwide fame practically overnight with his book "Die Welt ist schön" (The World is Beautiful), which was released in December of 1928 by the Kurt Wolff Verlag publishing company.
One of his early patrons was Carl Georg Heise (1890-1979), then a museum director in Lübeck, who began supporting the photographer’s work in 1927 and who acquired prints for the museum’s collection. Heise championed the oeuvre of Renger-Patzsch, whom he enthusiastically called a “master of his field” in an essay entitled "Neue Möglichkeiten photographischer Bildkunst" (New Possibilities of Photographic Visual Art), which appeared in 1928 in the magazine "Kunst und Künstler" (Art and Artists).
The photographer’s masterful handling of the medium is epitomized in the early work which Heise selected as the first illustration for his essay: the large-scale original print entitled "Moorbach im Winter" (Little stream in a moor in winter) wonderfully showcases the artist’s sensitive visual aesthetic.
Carl Georg Heise was also instrumental in assisting with the publication of Renger-Patzsch’s ground-breaking work "Die Welt ist schön". During the book’s planning phase, Heise approached a number of publishing houses, including Ullstein Verlag in Berlin. Although Renger-Patzsch was a regular contributor to one of Ullstein’s magazines, UHU, the company decided against publishing a monograph on the photographer’s work. The annotation “U 92” on the obverse side may have been affixed during this planning phase.

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