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Property from the Marie-Louise von Motesiczky Charitable Trust, London
MARIE-LOUISE VON MOTESICZKY (1906-1996)
oil on canvas, unframed
101.5 x 71 cm (40 x 28 in)
Painted in 1967
I. Schlenker, Marie-Louise von Motesiczky 1906-1996, A Catalogue Raisonné of the Paintings, New York, 2009, p. 359, no. 208
Oil on canvas, unframed. Not lined. Examined under UV: there are no visible signs of fluorescing. Overall, it our opinion that the work is in very good original condition.
Fiesta 2 is one of two earlier and uncompleted paintings for the final Fiesta (sold by Chiswick Auctions for £3,250 inc. premium in June 2021).
The present depiction of a larger than life androgynous dancer, surrounded by a rich cast of characters - young and old, small and large - is one of Motesiczky's most ambitious compositions. The painting draws first and foremost on the artist's memories of her trip to Spain in 1966. But the flamboyant subject matter and Marie-Louise's poetic license with proportions clearly reflects her years in Germany, the formative influence of Max Beckmann on her art, and exposure to the Expressionism of such painters as George Grosz and Otto Dix.
The juxtaposition of the central dancer, the grouped figures to the left and the energised sketched brushstrokes elsewhere in the composition suggests that order has descended into chaos. As Schlenker comments, such a mix is 'At odds with the apparently joyous occasion... Although it is difficult to interpret and make sense of the individual scenes, the inherent danger, subtle threat and indefinable sinister undertones of the painting are inexplicably palpable' (Schlenker p. 358).
Schlenker notes that Motesiczky recorded her struggle to complete the work in her diary: 'Today I want to finish the picture of the Spanish dancer. Will it really work - as Pio [Elias Canetti] thinks?' Schlenker added: 'Despite the artist's doubts, on completion, the painting was immediately included in her Munich exhibition that autumn.'
Selected Works from the Marie-Louise von Motesiczky Charitable Trust
Motesiczky’s expressive and very painterly style had been formed before the Second World War, in large part influenced and encouraged by Max Beckmann. On first being introduced to Beckmann in 1920 she recalled: ‘A winged creature from Mars could not have made a greater impact on me’. Once in Britain it was Oskar Kokoschka, a family friend from Vienna now similarly exiled, who helped champion her work. Thereafter, and very much on a personal level, it was the writer Elias Canetti (1905-1994) a fellow émigré who exercised a major influence over her artistic output.
Marie-Louise von Motesiczky grew up with her parents and her brother Karl in central Vienna. Her mother Henriette came from an illustrious Viennese Jewish banking dynasty. Her maternal grandfather, Leopold von Lieben, was President of the Stock Exchange; her grandmother, Anna, one of Freud’s early patients. She counted the Todescos, and Ephrussis among her family circle, and she, her mother and her brother Karl spent their summers at Villa Todesco in Hinterbrühl, south west of the capital.
But over time family tragedy, financial difficulties and the rise of Nazi Germany took their toll. Marie-Louise’s father died at the end of 1909 and after the First World War her mother’s considerable inheritance gradually diminished through high taxation, poor investments, and the financial crash of 1929. Then, with the rise of the Third Reich and the Anschluss in March 1938, when Austria was annexed by Germany, she and her mother fled Vienna for the Netherlands before emigrating to England in 1939. Further distress followed when her brother Karl, who had remained in Austria, was arrested and deported to Auschwitz, dying of typhus there on 25 June 1943.
On Motesiczky’s arrival in London Kokoschka ensured her inclusion in a series of group exhibitions, and assisted her in the staging of a solo exhibition at the Czechoslovak Institute in the autumn of 1944. Further group shows followed, and in 1960 she had a second solo exhibition at the influential Beaux Arts Gallery off Bond Street. On the Continent she received acclaim for her work in exhibitions in Amsterdam and The Hague in 1952, one of her canvases being purchased by the Stedelijk Museum. The same decade she exhibited in Munich and Düsseldorf, and in the 1960s was the subject of shows in Germany and Austria, including a one-person exhibition at the Wiener Secession in 1966.
In 1985, a full twenty-five years after her work had been shown at the Beaux Arts Gallery, she was the subject of another solo exhibition in London, at the Goethe-Institut, which was widely acclaimed in the press. In 1994 a major retrospective of her work was held in Vienna at the Österreichische Galerie, Oberes Belvedere and in Manchester at the City Art Gallery. In 2006-07 her work was celebrated in a centenary exhibition at Tate Liverpool, travelling to Frankfurt, Vienna, Passau and Southampton City Art Gallery. Also in 2007 Jill Lloyd’s biography of Marie-Louise appeared: The Undiscovered Expressionist. A Life of Marie-Louise von Motesiczky, followed in 2009 by the catalogue raisonné of her paintings by Ines Schlenker itemising over 350 works. Most recently in 2019-20, Tate Britain held an exhibition devoted to her to inaugurate the gallery named in perpetuity as the ‘Marie-Louise von Motesiczky Archive Gallery’ for all future displays of Tate’s archive holdings in general.
The work of Marie-Louise von Motesiczky held in public collections
Institutions in the UK holding works by the artist include: the Ben Uri Gallery and Museum, the British Museum, Burgh House, Hampstead, Freud Museum, Garden Museum, National Portrait Gallery and Tate in London (which also holds her archive); the Amersham Museum, Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge, New Walk Museum and Art Gallery, Leicester, Manchester Art Gallery, National Galleries of Scotland, Edinburgh and the Hunterian Art Gallery, Glasgow. Elsewhere her work is in the National Gallery of Ireland, Dublin; the Stedelijk, Amsterdam; the Boijmans van Beuningen Museum, Rotterdam; the Städel Museum, Frankfurt; the German Literary Archive in Marbach; the Albertina, Österreichische Galerie Belvedere, the Leopold Museum and the Museum Wien in Vienna; the Lentos Kunstmuseum, Linz and the Stanley Museum, University of Iowa, USA.
Please find a link to the Catalogue Raisonné for Marie-Louise von Motesiczky:
Marie-Louise von Motesiczky 1906-1996. A Catalogue Raisonné of the Paintings by Ines Schlenker, Hudson Hills Press, New York, 2009.
The Marie-Louise von Motesiczky Charitable Trust
The Marie-Louise von Motesiczky Charitable Trust, is a company limited by guarantee registered in England and Wales (no. 7572024) and a registered charity (no. 1140890): www.motesiczky.org. The copyright for Marie-Louise von Motesiczky’s paintings, drawings and correspondence or other written work originating from her, her mother Henriette and brother Karl, lies with the Marie-Louise von Motesiczky Charitable Trust.
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10. ASIAN ARTS
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10.2 Fine Chinese Paintings
Current scholarship in the field of Chinese Paintings and Calligraphy does not permit unqualified statements as to the authorship or date of execution. The limited right of rescission contained in the present terms and conditions does not apply to Chinese paintings.
Notwithstanding, if within 28 days of the sale of any such Lot, the original purchaser gives written notice to CA Ltd that the Lot is a forgery and within fourteen days after giving such notice, the original purchaser returns the lot to us in the same condition as at the time of sale and demonstrates to our satisfaction that the lot is a forgery, CA Ltd will rescind the sale and refund the purchase price received. For this purpose, a ‘forgery’ is defined as a work created with the intent to deceive.
11. BOOKS AND MANUSCRIPTS
Books and manuscripts sold as incomplete are not subject to returns.
Printed books may be returned for a full refund only if they prove to be defective in text or illustration. This shall not apply to the absence of blanks, half titles or advertisements, to un-named books or to books sold under the heading of ‘binding’ or ‘bindings’.
12. WINES AND SPIRITS
In accordance with agreed standards in the trade, estimates shall be deemed to have taken into account the fill level.
For the purposes of the present Terms and Conditions, the ‘Fill Level’ refers to the space between the base of the cork and the liquid in the bottle. Fill levels may vary with age or depending on the condition of the wine or spirit.
Lack of mention thereof in the description is not a representation of an ‘acceptable’ fill level from CA Ltd.
CA Ltd offers no guarantee as to suitability for drinking of the wine or spirit. The Buyer must be aware of the risk that the taste of a wine or spirit may be altered due to factors such as age, storage conditions, oxidation, etc.
CA Ltd shall own the copyright on all images, illustrations and written material produced by or for CA Ltd relating to a Lot, including catalogue contents. Such copyright shall remain at all times the property of CA Ltd. Neither the Buyer nor anyone else shall use the abovementioned materials without the prior written consent of CA Ltd.
Some Lots may be subject to copyright protection, CA Ltd does not guarantee said Lots are free thereof.
14. DATA PROTECTION
The Buyer agrees that personal information transmitted to CA Ltd may be disclosed exclusively for the purposes of business, or as required by Law. CA Ltd shall not use personal information for any other purpose without the Buyer’s prior consent.
CA Ltd never sell, lend or trade in personal data provided by any Bidder.
Whenever and to the extent that any provisions of these terms would or might contravene the provision of any relevant legislation, such provision is to take effect only in so far as it may do so without contravening such legislation and the legality, validity and enforceability of any of the remaining provisions are not in any way to be affected or impaired as a result.
The current Terms and Conditions may be amended, verbally or in writing, prior to the sale.
17. LAW AND JURISDICTION
The rights and obligations of the parties with respect to these Conditions of Sale and the conduct of the auction and any matters related to any of the foregoing shall be governed by and interpreted in accordance with the Law of England and Wales.
For the benefit of CA Ltd all bidders and sellers agree that the Courts of England are to have exclusive jurisdiction to settle all disputes arising in connection with all aspects of all matters or transactions to which these Conditions of Sale and Authorship warranty relate or apply. All parties agree that CA Ltd shall retain the right to bring proceedings in any court other than the Courts of England.
What is a timed auction?
Timed auctions are similar to live auctions but there is no auctioneer calling out the bids – instead there’s an extended time frame for bidding and whoever has the highest bid when the auction closes, wins the auction.
When you are ready to bid on a Lot(s) select Sign in on the navigation menu.
New users will need to create a My Chiswick online account to register and bid in our Timed Auctions and to participate in online bidding in our Live Auctions via Chiswick Live. Follow the instruction on screen to created your account, once the registration is completed you will be approved to bid.
If you already have a My Chiswick account, follow the instructions on screen to sign in.
Select the relevant Lot and enter the amount you would like to bid before selecting the Place Bid button to confirm your bid. The value you bid excludes Buyer’s Premium of 25% + VAT.
If at any time during the auction you are outbid you will receive an email notifying you, giving you the chance to increase your bid. You can also keep track of all your bidding activity quickly and easily with your My Chiswick account.
The sale will close at the scheduled auction end time, once this happens bidding will cease. If a bid is made in the final ten minutes of a lot closing, the time for that item will extend for a further ten minutes every time a new bid is placed, to allow all active bidders the chance to express their interest until a winning bidder is declared. Once all bidding is concluded the sale will close and you will receive an email notifying you if your bids were successful or not. Successful bidders will be emailed an invoice with payment instructions.
If you have any further questions, please contact the Bids Department on firstname.lastname@example.org