Sale: 427 / Old Masters and Art of the 19th Century, Nov. 20. 2015 in Munich Lot 238

 
238
Eduard von Grützner
Falstaff, 1913.
Oil on canvas
Estimate:
€ 12,000 / $ 14,040
Sold:
€ 17,500 / $ 20.475

(incl. 25% surcharge)
Lot description
Falstaff. 1913.
Oil on canvas.
Signed and dated lower left. 66.5 x 51 cm (26.1 x 20 in). [CB].

PROVENANCE: Collection councilor of commerce Staudte, Munich.
Wolf Neumeister (1897-1984), screenwriter, Munich (inheritance, Staudte's father in law).
Galerie Josef Engel, Munich.
Private collection Southern Germany (acquired in 1952 at Galerie Josef Engel, with copy of receipt).

Essay
"Falstaff was a theme that became the artist's friend and companion in his later years […]. [Grützner] created the ideal classic Falstaff type. Treating the old glutton, who is always up to something naughty, on a permanent boozing spree and chasing tail, a liar and coward on top, with lenience. His hero might have been bald, but Grützner showed him with nice white locks of hair around the ears. Cheeky eyes blink from the reddish face. He added mustache and bodkin beard to the moon-face, making him almost look smart. Despite the big belly he depicted him well-proportioned. In one word, Falstaff looks quite pleasant and charming. One could not be angry with him. Grützner's oeuvre had been 'teeming' with Falstaff portraits since the [18]70s. In a torn doublet he burly stands in front of us or sits at a table, with or without a sword, dagger and cap. In many cases he is depicted close-up, from the side or in frontal view." (László Balogh, Eduard von Grützner. 1846-1925. Ein Münchner Genremaler der Gründerzeit, Mainburg 1991, pp. 104f.).
238
Eduard von Grützner
Falstaff, 1913.
Oil on canvas
Estimate:
€ 12,000 / $ 14,040
Sold:
€ 17,500 / $ 20.475

(incl. 25% surcharge)