Der strickende Soldat. Um 1836 /37. Oil on panel , partly cradled. Cf. Wichmann 220-225 (targets) and 492-493 (knitting soldier). Diameter 45 cm (17.7 in). Verso with several late labels. [CB].
With a comprehensive work documentation from Professor Dr. Siegfried Wichmann, Starnberg, dated June 20th 2007.
PROVENANCE: Private collection Southern Germany.
"Spitzweg's experience as apothecary and pharmacist in Upper Bavaria coined him as a painter (artist), because the nature of the peasants' cultures gave him decisive factors during those years. The target is an object of utility, a cultural object of a sociological encounter between language, religion, art, education, morals, opinions - creating an accumulative effect, a cumulative force of mutual understanding." Siegfried Wichmann, in the accompanying work documentation, 2007.