Johannes Schiefer (Danish, 1896-1979), "Monte Carlo", oil on canvas, signed on lower right, "Monte Carlo" on lower left, early 20th century. Skillfully painted in an Impressionist style, a mesmerizing view of Monaco Harbor with Monte Carlo and its casino in the background, either at dawn or dusk given the rosy glow of the atmosphere. Schiefer masterfully draws the viewer in by including tiny staffage figures in the foreground who are taking in the beautiful scene, replete with vessels in the Mediterranean and the wondrous landscape beyond. Today Monaco Harbor is still frequently full of extravagant vessels. Just what edifices might we be seeing? One of the most memorable sights on the waterfront is the Prince's Palace in Monaco-Ville which dates to the 13th century. Saint Nicholas Cathedral is in the vicinity as well. No doubt the locale includes up-scale cafes and brasseries in addition to the famous casino. A very special oil painting set in a French provincial plaster frame. Size: 20" L x 24" W (50.8 cm x 61 cm); 24" L x 28" W (61 cm x 71.1 cm) framed
Schiefer specialized in landscapes and portraits and was the former curator of the Parrish Art Museum in Southampton, Long Island. Born in Alsace, he attended the famous Dusseldorf Academy in Germany and painted in Italy, France, the Adriatic, Mexico, and Latin America. In 1942, Schiefer moved to New York and settled on Long Island where he became curator of the Parrish Art Museum in Southampton, Long Island. Schiefer had exhibitions at various New York galleries.
Another painting by Johannes Schiefer entitled "Monte Carlo" sold for $22,500 at Christie's, New York "Impressionist and Modern Art" auction (sale 1698, September 10, 2008, lot 147) - https://www.christies.com/lotfinder/Lot/johannes-schiefer-1896-1979-monte-carlo-5109030-details.aspx
Provenance: private Denver, Colorado, USA collection, acquired at Christie's, New York "Impressionist and Modern Art" auction (sale 1698, September 14, 2006, lot 179)
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