Sale: 532 / 19th Century Art, Dec. 10. 2022 in Munich Lot 309

 

309
Eduard von Grützner
Was ihr wollt, 1871.
Oil on canvas
Estimate:
€ 7,000 / $ 6,440
Sold:
€ 7,500 / $ 6,900

(incl. surcharge)
Was ihr wollt. 1871.
Oil on canvas.
Balogh 648. Lower right signed and dated. Verso of the stretcher with a later typographic stamp "BV 594". 74.5 x 59.5 cm (29.3 x 23.4 in).

PROVENANCE: Collection Webb, London.
Galerie Weber, Munich.
Private collection Baden-Württemberg (acquired after 1960).

LITERATURE: Die Kunst für Alle, year 1, issue 6, 1885, p. 87 (with xylogr. illu.)
Ernst Friedrich Wüstemann, Eduard Grützner, in: Allgemeine Kunst-Chronik, year 11, issue 6, 1887, p. 146.
Fritz von Ostini, Grützner, Bielefeld/Leipzig 1902, p. 100.

A number of artists working in 19th-century historical and genre painting drew upon literary themes which had become part of general cultural knowledge through their frequent appearance in books. In Grützner’s case, for instance, the main themes are the likeable drunkard Sir John Falstaff from William Shakespeare’s “Henry IV” and “The Merry Wives of Windsor” and scenes from comedies such as “The Twelfth Night”, which was written around the year 1600. Mistaken identities, masquerades, debauchery and tumultuous events make this play an obvious choice for an artist like Grützner who enjoyed the challenge of scenic productions. With consummate skill and imagination, he dresses his characters in the costumes of 17th century England and has them strike a pose befitting an actor. Beyond his love of rediscovering historical periods, this work demonstrates Grützner’s effortless delight in linking theater, literature and art, and the opportunity to stage a production that allows the artist to become the director. [KT]



309
Eduard von Grützner
Was ihr wollt, 1871.
Oil on canvas
Estimate:
€ 7,000 / $ 6,440
Sold:
€ 7,500 / $ 6,900

(incl. surcharge)