"Carnival in Venice", 1958
oil on canvas
signed lower right.
25-1/2" x 31-1/2", framed 31" x 37"
Provenance: Private collection, Canada; Christie's, New York, February 12, 2009, lot 140; Collection of Leon Amar, Palm Beach, Florida.
Notes: Dietz Edzard came from a talented German family of artists and studied with the celebrated "German Expressionist" Max Beckmann in Berlin, before moving to France in the late 1920s. In Paris, he received wide acclaim, exhibiting regularly with the Post-Impressionists at the Jeu de Paume and at Durand-Ruel, where he met Suzanne Eisendieck, a fellow German artist, whom he married in 1938. Eisendieck, who was represented by Madame Zak, studied under Fritz August Pfuhle and attended the Berlin State Academy for Fine and Applied Arts. During the German occupation of France, Edzard's work, like most great modern artists of the time, was determined to be "degenerate"; his and Eisendieck's paintings of women did not "celebrate German womanhood", but chose to depict the "ideal cretin and whore" instead at carnival, the theatre, opera or racetrack as three of these five lots illustrate. While Edzard embraced Impressionist and Post-Impressionist study of optics and plein-air observations, he was equally influenced by the Fauves and Expressionists, preferring instead to examine color from a personal emotive experience culled from the drama of the streets, cabarets and the denizens who frequented them.