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PROPERTY OF AN AUSTRIAN PRIVATE COLLECTOR

Koloman Moser
AUSTRIAN
BLUMEN VOR GARTENZAUN (FLOWERS BEFORE A GARDEN FENCE)
Estimate
60,00080,000
LOT SOLD. 74,500 GBP (Hammer Price with Buyer's Premium)
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215

PROPERTY OF AN AUSTRIAN PRIVATE COLLECTOR

Koloman Moser
AUSTRIAN
BLUMEN VOR GARTENZAUN (FLOWERS BEFORE A GARDEN FENCE)
Estimate
60,00080,000
LOT SOLD. 74,500 GBP (Hammer Price with Buyer's Premium)
JUMP TO LOT

Details & Cataloguing

19th Century European Paintings

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Koloman Moser
1868 - 1918
AUSTRIAN
BLUMEN VOR GARTENZAUN (FLOWERS BEFORE A GARDEN FENCE)
signed and dated Kolo Moser 1909 lower left; with the Koloman Moser estate stamp on the reverse
oil on canvas
51 by 50cm., 20 by 19¾in.
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Provenance

Editha Hauska, Karl & Dietrich Moser, Vienna (heirs of the artist)
Dr Erich Pressburger, Vienna & San Francisco (Viennese ophthalmologist who emigrated to the USA in 1938 taking his art collection with him. In a postcard to Dr Hans Ankwicz-Kleehofen from December 1940, Pressburger mentions that the work was hanging in the nurse's room at his practice in San Francisco. It is likely that the painting found its way back to Europe after Dr Pressburger’s death in 1968)
Private Collection, Vienna (by 1984)
Galerie Martin Suppan, Vienna (by 1991)
Private Collection, Austria

Exhibited

Vienna, Kunstverlag Wolfrum, Nachlass Ausstellung Kolo Moser, 1920, no. 31 (as Still-Leben (rot-weis-rosa Blumen))
Vienna, Österreichisches Museum für Angewandte Kunst, Koloman Moser, 1979, no. 367, illustrated in the catalogue
Bonn, Rheinisches Landesmuseum, Ein Meister des Wiener Jugendstils: Ausstellung Koloman Moser, 1980
Milan, Padiglione d'arte contemporane, Kolo Moser – Grafico e designer, 1984, no. 142
Vienna, Galerie Martin Suppan, Österreichische Kunst 19. und 20. Jahrhundert, 1991, no. 28

Literature

Werner Fenz, Koloman Moser. Graphik, Kunstgewerbe, Malerei, Salzburg & Vienna, 1984, p. 260, no. 33b, catalogued (titled Blumenstrauch vor Gartenzaun); p. 105, pl. 33, illustrated
Daniele Baroni & Antonio d'Auria, Kolo Moser: Graphic Artist and Designer, New York, 1984, p. 88, illustrated (titled Flowers in Garden)
Maria Rennhofer, Koloman Moser - Leben und Werk, Vienna, 2002, p. 203, fig. 344, illustrated
Gerd Pichler, Koloman Moser. Die Gemälde - Werkverzeichnis, Vienna, 2012, p. 86, no. 37, catalogued & illustrated (as Blumen vor Gartenzaun)

Catalogue Note

Painted in 1909, the present work was included in the 1920 Koloman Moser estate sale and sold to the Viennese ophthalmologist Dr Erich Pressburger, who emigrated to the USA in 1938 taking his art collection with him. In a postcard to Dr Hans Ankwicz-Kleehofen of December 1940, Pressburger mentions that the work was hanging in the nurse's room at his practice in San Francisco. It is likely that the painting found its way back to Europe after Dr Pressburger’s death in 1968.

In 1909-10 Kolo Moser executed a small number of  flower still lifes and garden views. Numbers 36, 55 and 56 in the Koloman Moser catalogue raisonné show garden views from this period which are compositionally highly comparable to the present work. All depict flowers before a garden fence, in which the vertical pieces of static wood contrast with the lively animation of the flowers.

It is probable that the fence depicted in the present work was the fence in Koloman Moser's own garden on the Hohe Warte in Vienna. The house had been built for Koloman Moser and Carl Moll in 1900-01 by fellow artist Josef Hoffmann. While Koloman Moser occupied the part that was Steinfeldgasse 6, Moll lived in Steinfeldgasse 8. Their gardens were separated by a white wooden picket fence.

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