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Leo Putz
1869 - 1940
GERMAN
REIGEN (THE DANCE)
signed Leo Putz lower right
oil on canvas
123 by 160cm, 48½ by 63in.
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Provenance

Acquired from the artist by the family of the present owner; thence by descent

Literature

Helmut Putz, Leo Putz, catalogue raisonné, vol. II, Gauting, 1994, p. 683, no. 650, catalogued & illustrated

Catalogue Note

Painted in 1921, the present work relates to the series of drawings, sketches and oil paintings titled Reigen (see Helmut Putz, nos. 646-652). The present work exemplifies Putz's freely painted Arcadian idylls of nudes and bathers by the water's edge. The setting for this and so many of Putz's paintings was the lake country around Schloss Hartmannsberg, where the artist and his family summered annually before the War, and again in the 1920s. 

Putz was born in Merano, at that time in Austria-Hungary, moving with his family to Munich as a boy. He studied at the Munich Academy, and from 1891-92 at the Académie Julian in Paris under William Bouguereau and Jean-Joseph Benjamin-Constant. Despite his academic training, Putz was far more interested in the avant-garde subjects and impressionistic forms of expression being pioneered by his contemporaries, particularly Gauguin and Renoir, which would inform his own work.

On his return to Munich, Putz exhibited at the Munich Secession in 1895 alongside Franz von Stuck and with Franz Erler formed the avant garde artistic group Die Scholle. He went on to become a Secessionist in Berlin and Vienna, where Gustav Klimt's figural painting had a profound influence on his work.

19th Century European Paintings

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