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PROPERTY OF A DESCENDANT OF THE ARTIST

Walter Bondy
OPENING THE HAT BOX
Estimate
50,00070,000
LOT SOLD. 50,000 USD
JUMP TO LOT
24

PROPERTY OF A DESCENDANT OF THE ARTIST

Walter Bondy
OPENING THE HAT BOX
Estimate
50,00070,000
LOT SOLD. 50,000 USD
JUMP TO LOT

Details & Cataloguing

Israeli & International Art

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Walter Bondy
1880-1940
OPENING THE HAT BOX

Please note this lot is sold unframed.

Provenance

Collection of the artist's family
Thence by descent

Exhibited

Probably, Cassirer Gallery, Berlin, 1900
Vienna, Jüdischen Museum der Stadt Wien, Moderne auf der flucht, Österreichische KunstlerInnen in Frankreich 1938-1945 (Les Modernes s'enfuient, Des artistes autrichiens en France 1938-1945), June 4 - September 7, 2008

Literature

Andrea Winklbauer. ed., Moderne auf der flucht. Österreichische KünstlerInnen in Frankreich 1938-1945, exh. cat., Jüdischen Museum der Stadt Wien, Vienna, 2008, p. 11, illustrated

Catalogue Note

Walter Bondy was born into an Austrian Jewish industrialist family in Prague and raised in Vienna. In 1899, when Opening the Hat Box was painted, Vienna was in the midst of a burgeoning cultural and artistic revolution; Sigmund Freud’s The Interpretation of Dreams was first published, the inaugural exhibition of the Vienna Secession had happened the year before, and the late-Romantic music of Gustav Mahler and Richard Strauss was in the air. The young Bondy absorbed all of this as he developed artistically, poised on the brink of a great career.

Bondy moved to Berlin in 1900 to study at the Fine Arts Academy and the city provided a supportive environment, particularly as his cousin, Paul Cassirer, was running one the most influential galleries in the country. Cassirer played a critical role in promoting the French Impressionists and post-Impressionists to German collectors and institutions, exerting massive influence towards an embrace of modernism within monarchist Germany. The artist’s records show that Opening the Hat Box was brought to Berlin and exhibited at the Cassirer gallery, where it would have appropriately hung alongside paintings by the French Impressionist artists whose influence on Bondy is evident. Indeed, the intimate domestic space, complicated compositional arrangement and rigorous paint handling recalls works by such avant-garde artists at the time as Édouard Vuillard and Édouard Manet.

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