These two charcoal drawings on inexpensive paper are relatively large drawings (the larger, on the left, 13 3/4" by 10", the smaller, roughly 14 1/2" by 9 3/4") by the important, well-known German illustrator artist and photographer, Heinrich Zille. Dating from 1906, they have survived over 100 years, but that century has taken its toll. The inexpensive drawing paper has browned and become brittle, likely due to high acid content. Then, an unenlightened past owner decided to glue them down to a cheap board. Both drawings, especially the one on the right, have ragged edges; but the drawing on the left of the heavy nude has a long vertical rip within the drawing, extending from the face to nearly her knees. The rip became possible because the drawings are not entirely affixed to the backing---there is puckering in some areas, and that puckering over time has given them the elasticity which has caused the development of a ragged crack/tear. The condition cannot be ignored, but, in the drawings' favor is their size, and the fact that creative matting could largely hide most of the worst flaws. Most drawings by the artist are the size of index cards, maybe 6" by 4" or less. Zille's works have exceeded $60,000 at German auctions, and even simple charcoal drawings commonly bring up to about the $10,000 range. (The following information was taken from Wikipedia): 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. Many were erotic or gritty, showing the underbelly of society. 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.
German listed art Pair of charcoal drawing by the important artist Heinrich Zille (1858- 1929)