Der Verschwender, c. 1921

Ernst Barlach

Der Verschwender, c. 1921

Charcoal on packing paper

Signed lower right "E. Barlach"

Between 1912-1922, Barlach executed 5 charcoal drawings of this theme. For illustrations, see Anette Wittboldt and Elisabeth Laur, Ernst Barlach, Die Zeichnungen I, Güstrow 2013, cat. No. 1140, 1375, 1773, 1954, 1955, these served as preparatory studies for two sculpted figures of 1921 (Schult 327 - 330) and two reliefs of 1923 (Schult 355 - 357). Our drawing is related to Verschwender II (Schult 329). It was intended to be executed in wood for decorating the vestibule of the Jewish collector and textile magnate Leo Lewin (1881-1965) in Breslau, planned but not executed in 1920. Further figures for this plan were the Flutist, Rest on the Flight to Egypt, Monks Reading.

Private collection, South Germany