Sale: 532 / 19th Century Art, Dec. 10. 2022 in Munich Lot 353

 

353
Edward Cucuel
Zwei Damen im Kahn, Um 1910.
Oil on canvas
Estimate:
€ 40,000 / $ 36,800
Sold:
€ 118,750 / $ 109,250

(incl. surcharge)
Zwei Damen im Kahn. Um 1910.
Oil on canvas.
Lower left signed. 80 x 80 cm (31.4 x 31.4 in).

• Characteristic motif in Cucuel's work, which is primarily dedicated to the elegant female figures in nature
• Cucuel shows his painterly skills in the lively interplay of light and shadow, which makes the summery lightness tangible
• In the impasto, impressionistic style of painting, the shimmering, nuanced play of colors is particularly fascinating
• Created in the painter's summer villa on Ammersee, his central place of work
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PROVENANCE: Private collection Bavaria.

"Cucuel has an extremely fresh temperament. The French school and inspiration from the 'Scholle' are clearly visible in his portraits of women. But he is a painter who knows how to find unusual situations and pursues very interesting color stimuli in his cheerful female portraits."
Kunstnachrichten, vol. III, no. 19/20, Berlin, July 1914, p. 95.

From the 1910s onwards, Edward Cucuel’s work was defined by a cheerful, light-hearted outdoor painting style, which he initially pursued together with his friend and teacher Leo Putz in Hartmannsberg on Lake Chiemsee. During four summers, the painters worked side by side, capturing the scenery and their models in vibrant, harmonious colors and fluid brushwork. From 1914 Cucuel was based in Holzhausen on Lake Ammersee, where he continued to paint his earlier motif of young, elegantly dressed ladies in casual poses pursuing their leisure activities in the countryside. The world of beautiful, carefree young women in summer lake landscapes is one of Edward Cucuel’s most successful motifs. His paintings of the shores of Lake Starnberg manifest an attitude to life typical of a certain social class, which his painting style, inspired by Late Impressionism, skillfully exemplifies. The young ladies climbing into a boat in a small cove are engulfed in the colorful magic of the shimmering blue-green lake and the lush vegetation. Light reflections on their white dresses lend the scene an enchanted visual enrapture that is characteristic of many of Cucuel’s works from this period. [KT]



353
Edward Cucuel
Zwei Damen im Kahn, Um 1910.
Oil on canvas
Estimate:
€ 40,000 / $ 36,800
Sold:
€ 118,750 / $ 109,250

(incl. surcharge)