Palmen vor Villa in Sorrent. 1951. Oil on canvas. Lenz/Billeter 1951/13. Lower left signed and inscribed with a persanal dedication "An Frau Kiesel". 40 x 48.3 cm (15.7 x 19 in).
• For a long time part of the collection of Sophie Kiesel, the wife of the former director of the Pfalzgalerie, Kaiserslautern, Carl M. Kiesel (1903-1971). • Italophile: The colorful depiction of Sorrento was created during one of the numerous summer stays in Italy. • The villa is possibly Villa Gorki, which plays a prominent role in the works the artist made that summer (Lenz / Billeter 1951 / 20-23).
The work is listed in the archive with the number 213.
PROVENANCE: Collection Sophie Kiesel, Kaiserslautern (gifted from the artist, inscribed with her name on the reverse). Private collection Berlin. Private collection Berlin (acquired from the above).
EXHIBITION: Der Maler Hans Purrmann. Ölgemälde, Aquarelle, Zeichnungen und Graphik von 1898-1960, Kunstverein Hannover, 1960, cat. no. 161. Hans Purrmann. Gemälde, Aquarelle, Graphik. Ausstellung zum hundertjährigen Jubiläum des Staatlichen Hans-Purrmann-Gymnasiums, Speyer 1979, cat. no. 45.
LITERATURE: Arno Winterberg, Heidelberg, 59th auction, 1999, lot 2494.