Sale: 435 / Art of the 19th Century, Nov. 25. 2016 in Munich Lot 96

 

96
Leo Putz
Tanzende Negerinnen, 1904.
Oil on cardboard
Estimate:
€ 25,000 / $ 29,000
Sold:
€ 30,000 / $ 34.800

(incl. 25% surcharge)
Tanzende Negerinnen. 1904.
Oil on cardboard.
Putz 291. Lower right signed. Titled by a hand other than that of the artist on an exhibition label on verso. We are grateful to Sigrid Putz, Gauting, for her kind expert advice. 79 x 62.5 cm (31.1 x 24.6 in).
The catalog raisonné of Helmut Putz mentions the preliminary draft for this painting with the number 290.
In 1906 Franz Josef Brakl showed the work in context of a group show at his newly opened gallery "Moderne Kunsthandlung".

PROVENANCE: Privatsammlung Süddeutschland.

EXHIBITION: Josef Brakls Moderne Kunsthandlung, München (verso of frame with label, here titled by a hand other than that of the artist).

Leo Putz always had an interest in the unusual. However, his pictures are not committed to a melancholic Symbolism like those by Franz von Stuck. With Putz it is rather a joy over an imagination that, apart from landscapes and figures, determines his choice of motif. He presented our painting on the cover of the magazine "Jugend" in 1904. The dark-skinned dancers, lightly dressed in peacock's feathers, perform a playful dance. The inspiration for this theme seems to come from on of the human zoos that were presented at, for instance, the Munich Oktoberfest in those days. Leo Putz masterly transforms the exotic aesthetics into a bucolic play.



96
Leo Putz
Tanzende Negerinnen, 1904.
Oil on cardboard
Estimate:
€ 25,000 / $ 29,000
Sold:
€ 30,000 / $ 34.800

(incl. 25% surcharge)