Schreitender Bauer. 1894. Oil on canvas. Eberle 1894/9. Signed and dated in lower rightt. Verso with several handwritten numbers and old labels. 101.5 x 71 cm (39.9 x 27.9 in).
Rediscovery of a work long believed lost. Elaborate oil study for the destroyed monumental painting formerly at Museum Königsberg. From the acclaimed Collection Max Böhm, Berlin.
PROVENANCE: Paul Cassirer, Berlin 1914 (according to Hancke 1914), for sale in 1917. Collection Max Böhm, Berlin 1923. Rudolph Lepke, Berlin, auction of collection Max Böhm, January 28, 1931, lot 31 (no illu.). Private collection Johannsen (presumably collection of the painter Theodor Johannsen, Hamburg, 1868-1934. According to annotations in the catalog it was acquired in aforementioned auction for 8000 RM). Galerie Commeter, Hamburg (verso with the label). Private collection Hamburg (part of a family collection for many years, inherited by current owner).
EXHIBITION: Max Liebermann Gemälde-Handzeichnungen, Kestner Gesellschaft, Hanover 1916 (verso of the stretcher with the exhibition label, here with handwritten number "52", in cat. with different number 15, with illu.). Max Liebermann, exhibition on occasion of his 70th birthday at Berlin Royal Academy of Arts, July-August 1917, no. 110 ("Der Mann in den Dünen", for sale, no illu.). Exhibition of collection Max Böhm, Prussian Academy of Arts, Berlin June-July 1930, no. 32.
LITERATURE: Erich Hancke, Max Liebermann. Sein Leben und seine Werke, Berlin 1914, p. 536 (work catalog), illu. on p. 329 (also: Hancke 1923, 2nd edition, pp. 328-329, illu. on p. 329).