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Gustav Graef (1821-1895) "Das Märchen", famous monumental painting, 1885
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Acquired on September 6th 2008 in Dusseldorf auction house "Hargesheimer & Günther" with title "Meeresjungfrau" (English: Naiad), this monumental painting - to this point unrecognized by auction house's experts - turned out to be one of the most known works of German School of the late 19th century. Originally painted in 1881, it was reworked by the artist in 1885 and in the beginning of 1886 shown at an exhibition in Vienna. Several other exhibitions, where this painting was shown, followed: it travelled virtually through most of large German cities. Art historians named it one of its author's, very well known Berlin artist Gustav Graef's, two best works.
Gustav Graef was born in 1821 in Koenigsberg, Prussia, and died in 1895 in Berlin. At first, he studied medicine, but soon changed to art, after which he moved to Dusseldorf in 1843 and proceeded to study there until 1846 at the Academy under Professors Theodor Hildebrandt and Wilhelm von Schadow. His studies were followed by a number of study trips: to Antwerp, Paris, Munich, Italy, later to England and Scotland, with Graef finally settling in Berlin. Initially, he devoted himself there to historical and decorative painting in style of Wilhelm von Kaulbach (he enjoyed great success in the 1860s, producing historical paintings with subjects of anti-Napoleonic Liberation Wars). Later, he had grown to be even more popular as an outstanding portraitist, turning in his last period to painting mythological scenes with faultless female figures (sic!).
Our images nr.29 and nr.30 show two of Graef's paintings offered at art auction market in the last years.
Condition: good; remainder of a patch on verso; unlined
Creation Year: 1885
Measurements:UNFRAMED:230,0x137,0cm/90,6x53,9in FRAMED: 257,0x165,0cm/101,2x65,0in
Object Type:Framed oil painting
Technique: oil on canvas
Inscription:signed and dated: G. Graef 1885
Creator: Gustav Graef
Creator Dates: 1821 Koenigsberg-1895 Berlin
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