Lot 2
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Carl Gustav Carus

Estimate
8,000 - 12,000 GBP
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Description

  • Carl Gustav Carus
  • Kloster Monte Oliveto bei Florenz (The Monastery of Monte Oliveto Maggiore, near Florence)
  • oil on paper laid on board
  • 9.7 by 12cm., 3¾ by 4¾in.

Provenance

Studio of the artist; thence by descent to the present owner

Exhibited

Leipzig, Museum der bildenden Künste, 150 Jahre Kunst und Künstler in Leipzig. Jubiläumsausstellung, 1937, no. 48

Literature

Carl Gustav Carus, Mnemosyne. Blätter aus Gedenk- und Tagebüchern, Pforzheim, 1848, p. 207
Elisabeth Bülck, Carl Gustav Carus. Sein Leben und sein Werk im Verhältnis zu Caspar Friedrich und dessen anderen Schülern betrachtet, unpublished dissertation, Greifswald, 1943
Marianne Prause, Carl Gustav Carus. Leben und Werk, Berlin, 1968, p. 129, no. 178, illustrated

Condition

The sheet has been laid on board, and apart from a diagonal tear emanating from the lower right edge (approx. 4cm. in length) and some bowing of the board (convex), it is in good condition. There are no signs of retouching visible under ultraviolet light. There are scattered flecks of paint loss, notably in a horizontal formation along the upper edge of the sky and to the tear at the lower right, but the work exhibits rich tones and fine detail. The work is smaller than illustrated in the catalogue. Held in a simple, modern, silver-painted moulded plaster and wood frame.
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Catalogue Note

Painted in 1841 according to Marianne Prause.

Carus painted this image of the grounds of the Benedictine monastery Monte Oliveto Maggiore following his third trip to Italy in 1841. This inspiring landscape prompted the following diary entry, dated 21 March: 'in the afternoon I visited the monastery of Monte Oliveto, set among olive trees on a hill outside town.  The place had a peculiarly melancholic feel -  with its yellow walls, the silver grey olive trees, and the quiet and solitude of the hills - and yet afforded a splendid view over the valley and the town.  I am recording one of the prettier views in colour, in the hope that I shall return some time' (Carus, p. 207).