Sale: 538 / 19th Century Art, June 10. 2023 in Munich Lot 641


Hermann Fenner-Behmer
Vertraute Klänge, Wohl 1905.
Oil on panel
€ 4,000 - 6,000

$ 4,400 - 6,600

Vertraute Klänge. Wohl 1905.
Oil on panel.
Signed in upper right. With several labels, inscribed and numbered both in typography and by hand, on the reverse. 92 x 56.5 cm (36.2 x 22.2 in).

PROVENANCE: Private collection USA.

EXHIBITION: Große Berliner Kunstausstellung (with a fragmentarily preserved label on the reverse).

Called up: June 10, 2023 - ca. 18.24 h +/- 20 min.

Hermann Fenner-Behmer's artistic style clearly shows the influence of Parisian salon painting, as he got to know it during a study visit to the studios of the "Pompier’s" Gustave Boulanger and Jules-Joseph Lefebvre. Such a painting is characterized by rich details that send the observer’s eye on a journey through the pictorial space, as well as by numerous materiality effects that evoke haptic experiences in perception. Marble, glass, blossoms and fine lace, as well as the sound of a voice evoked by what was then the latest technical achievement of the state-of-the-art telephone expand the visual perception with a sensory perception. Over time, Fenner-Behmer specialized in portraits of elegant women that reflect the lifestyle of the urban bourgeoisie. Often enriched with anecdotal-narrative elements, they show everyday scenes that appear highly artificial in pose and arrangement and thus distinguish themselves from the realism that was conquering salons and academies at the same time. His motifs require the highest level of skill, in which portrait, genre and still life must be mastered in equal measure. [KT]


Buyer's premium and taxation for Hermann Fenner-Behmer "Vertraute Klänge"
This lot can only be purchased subject to regular taxation.

Regular taxation:
Hammer price up to 800,000 €: herefrom 27 % premium.
The share of the hammer price exceeding 800,000 € is subject to a premium of 21% and is added to the premium of the share of the hammer price up to 800,000 €.
The share of the hammer price exceeding 4,000,000 € is subject to a premium of 15% and is added to the premium of the share of the hammer price up to 4,000,000 €.
The statutory VAT of currently 19 % is levied to the sum of hammer price and premium. As an exception, the reduced VAT of 7 % is added for printed books.