Viyayarutha. 1951. Oil on canvas. Firmenich/Lukas 509. Signed and dated in center left as well as titled in the image and on verso of the stretcher. 63.5 x 81.5 cm (25 x 32 in). [CH].
• One of Josef Scharl's rare nudes • Particularly strong colored work in the artist's oeuvre • With an exhibition history that goes back into the 1950s • Notable provenance.
PROVENANCE: Collection Walter Bareiss, Stamford/Connecticut (verso with the typographically inscribed collection label). Collection Karsch/Nierendorf, Berlin. Galerie Hagemeier, Frankfurt am Main. Private collection Southern Germany (acquired from aforementioned).
EXHIBITION: Josef Scharl. Paintings and Drawings, School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston (Mass.), March 10 - April 11, 1952, leaflet no. 16. Josef Scharl. Commemorative Exhibition, Galerie Nierendorf, Berlin, April 20 - June 16, 1964, cat. no. 1 (with illu. on p. 15). Josef Scharl, Städtisches Museum Trier, November 21, 1967 - January 2, 1968, cat. no. 40. Josef Scharl 1896-1954, Kunstverein Heidelberg, January 14 - February 11, 1968, leaflet no. 52. Josef Scharl, Galerie Günther Franke, Munich, April 17 - May 29, 1971, cat. no. 36.
LITERATURE: Aloys Greither, Josef Scharl und München, in: Die Kunst und das schöne Heim, 11/1971, illu. on p. 688.