(Vienna 1875 - New York 1917)
An Elegant Woman with a Fur Muff
Signed, indistinctly dedicated and dated RAPHAËL / KIRCHNER / à mon [?] / [?] sympathetique / Oct.(?) 1914 in white chalk at the lower left.
Further inscribed fourrure par le client and [?] No.3 on the verso.
424 x 161 mm. (16 5/8 x 6 3/8 in.)
This drawing belonged to the German publisher Gustav Heinrich Lübbe (1918-1995).
Not long after the outbreak of the First World War in 1914, Kirchner left Europe and settled in New York. There he met a fellow Viennese artist and architect, Josef Urban. It was through Urban that Kirchner was hired to design marketing and paint decorative panels for the Century Theatre in New York. His panels of The Seven Deadly Sins, later produced as a popular postcard set, hung in the lobby of the theatre, and brought the ‘Kirchner Girls’ to popularity in America. This renewed success allowed Kirchner to remain active as a portraitist and illustrator until his early death in 1917, at the age of forty-one.
Thence by descent.