Auf dem Sofa II (Gusti). 1908. Oil on canvas. Signed and dated in lower left. 90 x 85.5 cm (35.4 x 33.6 in). In artist's original frame, label on verso typographically inscribed, as well as inscribed in ink by hand.
We are grateful to Sigrid Putz, Gauting, for her kind support in cataloging this lot.
PROVENANCE: Collection Professor Dr. Fritz J. Meder, Munich. Hugo Helbing, Munich, June 6, 1916, lot 129. Collection of the painter Fritz Closs, Munich (acquired from aforementioned). Hugo Helbing, Munich, November 14, 1931, lot 118 (with lot number on verso). Collection of director Hermann von Avanzini, Bochum (acquired from aforementioned). Private collection South Baden. Private collection Hesse (since ca. 1970).
"It may have been two or three years since Putz had attained the right maturity of forms to render nudes, a progress largely owed to his subtle artistic instincts. It becomes unfold strong and harsh, affecting even the softest curves of the female body. Courage and poise that characterize his treatment of forms make for the most part of his reputation [..]." (Quote from: Wilhelm Michel, Leo Putz. Ein deutscher Künstler der Gegenwart, Leipzig 1908, p. 32)