From 1909 until 1914, Putz spent the summer months at Hartmannsberg Castle in the Bavarian Chiemgau region. Some of his best impressionist work was produced during this period including the two series known as The Bathers and The Rowingboat, to which the present work belongs. Also known as the 'Hartmannsberger pictures', these paintings of female nudes in sunlit lake settings capture to optimum effect the light of plein-air-painting for which Putz became famous.
In 1866 at the age of sixteen, Putz moved to Munich to take his first drawing lessons under his stepbrother, Robert Poetzelberger before studying at the Munich Academy of Fine Arts under Gabriel von Hackl. He then studied fine art at the Académie Julian in Paris under Bouguereau and Benjamin-Constant. Upon his return to Munich in 1897 he opened his first studio and became a member of the Munich Secession. From 1901, inspired by the work of Wilhelm Trübner, Putz started working in a more impressionistic style. He was awarded a professorship at the Munich Academy in 1909, and his first monograph was published.
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