Adam und Eva (Die Familie). 1912. Oil on canvas. Voss 401/249. Signed and dated in upper right. 105 x 115 cm (41.3 x 45.2 in).
• Fascinating and bold interpretation of the old motif - an expression of the rebellious zeitgeist at the turn of the century. • Intensive coloring with the high-contrast usage of red, blue and green characteristic of Stuck's later works. • The depiction of Eve, first woman and mother of mankind, makes this work an homage to femininity. • Critics of the 1912 Secessions exhibition praised this work as one of Stuck's best. • Formerly in possession of Max von Bleichert, renowned collector of German Impressionism and Symbolism in the early 20th century.
PROVENANCE: Collection Max von Bleichert (1875-1947), Leipzig (since ca. 1917). Rudolf Lepke's Kunst-Auctions-Haus, Collection Max v. Bleichert, vol. 1, Berlin, auction on December 8, 1931, lot 52. Art trader Artur Jordan, Munich (as of 1931). Galerie Konrad Bayer, Munich. Galerie Ritthaler, Hamburg. Private collection (acquired from aforementioned in 2009). Amicable agrrement with the heirs after Artur Jordan (2020). The work is free from restitution claims. The offer is made in amicable agreement with the heirs after Artur Jordan on basis of a fair and just solution.
LITERATURE: Maximilian K. Rohe, Die Sommerausstellung der Münchener Secession, in: Die Kunst für Alle, issue 27, 1911/12, p. 485. Fritz von Ostini, Neue Arbeiten von Franz von Stuck, in: Die Kunst für alle, issue 31, 1915/16, p. 4. Christie´s, London, German and Austrian Art, auction on October 9, 1997, lot 68 (with illu.).