Charcoal drawing on paper, unframed, 8 1/4" by 6", signed at lower left by the important, well-known German illustrator artist and photographer, HEINRICH ZILLE (1858-1929). Zille's works have exceeded $60,000 at German auctions, and even simple charcoal drawings commonly bring up to about the $10,000 range, those with color being especially desirable. He was born in Dresden and was in Berlin as a child, already showing artistic promise. At an early age he was already an apprentice to a lithographer. The influential and important Max Liebermann promoted him, called him into the Berlin Secession in 1903, featured his work in exhibitions, and encouraged him to sell his drawings after he lost the lithography job in 1910. Over time, Zille became known for his humorous drawings featuring caricatures of stereotyped people, and his fame today rests with this satirical view of the society of his time. Many were erotic or gritty, showing the underbelly of society or the less glamorous moments of life. Works were published in weekly satirical newspapers. During the 1920's, Zille hit his stride. The National Gallery purchased works in 1921. In the late twenties everything seemed to be going well, and the artist's 70th birthday was celebrated throughout Berlin. In more recent times, Zille's image has been featured on postage stamps in the old East Germany, West Germany, and as recently as 2008, on a stamp of the reunited nation. There are many images of Zille's works on Google. This is a rare opportunity to acquire works by a German master artist. The work is on the typically thin, delicate, low quality paper seemingly favored by the artist. There is foxing as shown, a minor edge tear/loss at upper left, and a crease from the edge at lower left below the signature, due to the tape having prevented the paper from lying flat. There is tape currently at only one corner. On the reverse of the backing board is a ballpoint pen inscription in German, and possibly Hebrew lettering as well, the gist of the note being that this was a gift to a friend. The work is protected in a vinyl sleeve.
HEINRICH ZILLE (1858-1929) charcoal drawing of a standing woman by important German artist and caricaturist