Germany, presumably 1920s
Gustav Wunderwald (1882-1945) - German painter
Signed lower left ‘G. Wunderwald’
In gilded wooden frame
Dimensions: 44 x 59 cm
Provenance: from the inventory of a former Berlin gallery
Idyllic landscape by Gustav Wunderwald (1882-1945), a painter of the New Objectivity; he current highest auction record for a work by Gustav Wunderwald is €120,000
A glowing sunset determines this idyllic landscape by Gustav Wunderwald (1882-1945), a painter of the Weimar Republic. Dating from the 1920s, the impasto composition is characterized by three staggered rows of haystacks. The iridescent color fields are rendered without shapes. Only the bright green fields in the middle distance are distinguished from the surroundings. In some parts, the painting depicts influences of the New Objectivity.
The painting is signed ‘G. Wunderwald’ lower left. It is in good condition, showing slight foxing and two patches on the reverse. Inspection under UV light reveals several minor areas of retouching. The gilded frame shows major losses. The dimensions are 44 x 59 cm and the overall dimensions, including the frame, are 51 x 65.5 cm.
Gustav Wunderwald (1882-1945)
Born in Cologne, the painter and stage designer Gustav Wunderwald trained with the Cologne painter Wilhelm Kuhn and subsequently studied with Max Brückner in Gotha. Around 1900, he worked as a painter in the studio for theatre painting of Georg Hartwig & Co. From 1904 to 1907, he worked as a set designer at the Royal Opera in Stockholm. From 1912 to 1917, he was a decorator at the Deutsche Oper in Berlin. From 1919, he lived as a freelance artist in Berlin. He produced paintings and drawings of landscapes in the Rhineland, in Tyrol, in the Black Forest and on the River Havel, as well as Berlin cityscapes. Today, works by Wunderwald are on display in major museum collections, inlcuding the Berlinische Galerie, the Neue Nationalgalerie, the City Museum of Berlin, as well as the Hessian State Museum in Darmstadt. (cko)
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