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PROPERTY FROM AN AMERICAN PRIVATE COLLECTION

Leo Putz
GERMAN
WALDESRUHE (FOREST CALM)
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PROPERTY FROM AN AMERICAN PRIVATE COLLECTION

Leo Putz
GERMAN
WALDESRUHE (FOREST CALM)
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Leo Putz
1869 - 1940
GERMAN
WALDESRUHE (FOREST CALM)
signed Leo Putz lower left; signed and inscribed on verso and on the stretcher
oil on canvas
69 by 76.5 cm., 27 by 30in.
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To be included in the forthcoming Putz catalogue raisonné being prepared by Leo Putz Jr. 

Provenance

Private collection, Switzerland (a gift from the artist); thence by descent
Sale: Galerie Fischer Auktionen, Luzern, 13 June 2007, lot 1134
Purchased at the above sale by the present owner

 

Catalogue Note

Painted in Gauting circa 1925 after the artist's return from exile in the Netherlands during the First World War, this painting exemplifies Putz's freely painted compositions 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 (lot 50), and with Franz Erler (lot 51) 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. Putz's individualistic style in turn inspired a succeeding generation of German painters, including Lovis Corinth and Edward Cucuel (lot 48).

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