Dear art lovers,
"Eroticism, more eroticism, please!" This is how Oskar Maria Graf cheered on the revelers at his legendary studio parties. The wild revelry took place in Munich - not just anywhere, but at Barer Strasse 37, where the famous writer lived from 1919 to 1931 in the rear building of the house that now serves as NEUMEISTER's home. The festivities took place right above our auction room. Reason enough to celebrate Oskar Maria Graf in this magazine.
With his call for more eroticism, Oskar Maria Graf provides a theme for our new magazine, because on the following pages we would like to briefly outline what an act it still is today to show erotic art in private and public spaces. Most of the works are beyond reproach, such as two extraordinary nude paintings that will be offered in the December auction: Alfons Walde's portrait of his wife and Lovis Corinth's reclining nude.
But there is another way. Munich's Gärtnerplatztheater shows just how unbiased the treatment of (gender) roles can be. For this reason alone, now is the right time to present this theater, which operates at a high artistic level and is also known for its large queer community, in all its diversity.
Strong women in different eras have shown how to tackle chauvinists. And Letizia Bonaparte showed how even prepotent world leaders can be brought into line. Joseph Stieler's portrait of Napoleon's strong-willed mother is one of the highlights of our December auction.
Munich's painter princes, such as Franz von Lenbach and Franz von Stuck, were men in their own right. Both of them contributed excellent studies for our pre-Christmas illustration. Just like Ludwig von Schwanthaler, who created the Bavaria statue on the Theresienwiese. He is the most famous scion of a family of sculptors who worked successfully for generations. Five members of the creative Schwanthaler clan will be represented with works in the upcoming auction.
Our two Istoriato picture plates from the 16th century will look wonderful on the Christmas gift table. Or you can score points at the Advent coffee party with Viennese Classicism porcelain. Histo- ric cutlery from Georg Jensen would be perfect for a festive meal. And for dessert, you could serve 16 Nymphenburg comedy figures from the Commedia dell'Arte, which Bustelli designed around 1760 for the dessert table of the Munich court.
"The most beautiful things in life are free. The second most beautiful thing is quite expensive," said Coco Chanel. But it doesn't have to be that expensive, as our author's jewelry proves, which is more about ingenuity than valuable material. And for those who would rather be seduced by sparkling treasures, the December auction offers a choice. Either way, buying jewelry at auction is an investment in the future. And if things turn out differently in life, you can always do as Zsa Zsa Gabor did: "I never hated a man so much that I gave him back his diamonds." With this in mind: Merry Christmas to all!