Sale: 532 / 19th Century Art, Dec. 10. 2022 in Munich Lot 383

 

383
Charles (Karl) Vetter
Maffeistraße im Regen, 1913.
Oil on canvas
Estimate:
€ 4,000 / $ 3,680
Sold:
€ 8,125 / $ 7,475

(incl. surcharge)
Maffeistraße im Regen. 1913.
Oil on canvas.
Lower right signed and dated. Verso titled and with a label numbered "184". 54 x 45.5 cm (21.2 x 17.9 in).

We are grateful to Mr Peter Zimmermann, Ahrensburg, for his kind expert advice.

PROVENANCE: Private collection Germany (since 2008: auction house Stahl on April 26, 2008).

LITERATURE: Alte und Neue Kunst München, Versteigerung - Öl-Gemälde alter und moderner Meister. Sammlung Otto G. Mayer-Schöllkopf Stuttgart, sowie aus Englischem und Süddeutschem Besitz, December 6 - 7, 1926, lot 300.
Auction house Stahl, Hamburg, April 26, 2008, lot 126.

In his work, Charles Vetter, who studied at the Munich Art Academy from 1881, first in the drawing class and then in the landscape class, devoted himself most successfully to the motif of impressionist city views. After working in Merseburg, Leipzig and Dachau, he finally settled in Munich in 1893, where he created urban-architectural portraits from ever new angles. Like numerous other European metropolises, the city of Munich was repeatedly shaped by new entrepreneurial and architectural projects in the course of the 19th century. Maffeistrasse is named after the entrepreneur Joseph Anton von Maffei (1790-1870), owner of a machine and locomotive factory. He acquired the property on Promenadeplatz, and had the Hotel Bayerischer Hof built by the architect Friedrich von Gärtner in 1841. At the time the work was created, the tram tracks were already running through the streets. However, war-related losses were responsible for the change in the cityscape, of which Vetter creates an atmospheric impression here. In terms of composition, Vetter rendered an extreme perspective of the pictorial arrangement to seek comparison with the depictions of boulevards in Paris by Claude Monet or by Lesser Ury in Berlin, who stage the streets as the city's lively arteries. The atmospherically changing lights, here harmoniously captured by gray-blue tones of the sky reflected in the rainy street in comparison to the warm ocher-colored house facades and the black of the horse-drawn carriages and umbrellas, show the city as a constantly changing motif. [KT]



383
Charles (Karl) Vetter
Maffeistraße im Regen, 1913.
Oil on canvas
Estimate:
€ 4,000 / $ 3,680
Sold:
€ 8,125 / $ 7,475

(incl. surcharge)