In the 1920s, he lived and worked primarily in Munich, but his travels often took him to Paris. He was fascinated by the metropolis at night, often wandering the deserted streets of the city, from the narrow alleyways in the historic centre to the broader streets of the suburbs.
His ‘house-portraits’ became an integral part of his oeuvre. In the auction at Dr Lehr in Berlin on April 24, bidders have the opportunity to buy two versions of the same subject, Pariser Vororthaus (Parisian Suburban House).
First up is an 18 x 15in (47 x 38cm) tempera on canvas (top), dated 1929, which is expected to bring €6000. Two years later, it was shown at an exhibition in a Munich museum, devoted to the artist’s group 7 Münchner Maler (7 Munich Painters).
Also on offer is a somewhat smaller pen and watercolour preparatory drawing (above), measuring 16 x 12in (40 x 30cm), which has a guide of €500.
Both works come from the same Munich collection.