A painting of Karl Marx speaking at the Second Congress of the Communist League.
1.5 x 2 metres, framed. Signed and dated in the lower right-hand corner.
A painting of Karl Marx speaking at the Second Congress of the Communist League in 1847, formerly on display at the Ministry Culture in East Berlin. Hans Mocznay, a student of the Bauhaus artist Johannes Itten, was the main artist commissioned by the SED for such historical paintings of Marxist themes. Many of his works, including a preparatory study for this one, are kept at the Museum of German History (Deutsches Historisches Museum) in Berlin.
Provenance: 1) Ministerium für Kultur (DDR); 2) later transferred to the Ministerium für Staatssicherheit (DDR); collections dissolved in 1990 and sold to 3) German trade (Schöneberg); sold in 1998 to 4) British private collection.