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Artist:     Walter Firle (1859 - 1929)
Item ID   6025
Price:     10000.00 €


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Large work by Walther Firle, also Walter Firle (1859 in Breslau - 1929 in Munich). He was a German portrait painter and genre painter, whose portraits of rulers served as templates for the stamps of the Kingdom of Bavaria.

Firle was born the son of a merchant and received painting lessons at a young age. He worked for a short time in his father's company before beginning his studies at the Academy of Fine Arts in Munich in 1879, against the original wishes of his parents. His teachers there included Alois Gabl, Gabriel von Hackl and Ludwig von Löfftz. In 1882 he broke off his studies for financial reasons. In the following years he traveled to Italy and Holland before settling in Munich. There he painted genre pictures and pictures with religious themes and became a member of the Munich artists' cooperative. "Morning devotion in a Dutch orphanage", which was purchased by the Berlin National Gallery, is considered to be his first important picture. In 1890 he was appointed royal professor. Firle also devoted himself to portrait painting and painted, among others, the Prince Regent Luitpold of Bavaria, Count Nikolaus von Seebach, Ludwig III. of Bavaria and the Reich President Paul von Hindenburg. The Bavarian stamp series under King Ludwig III. are all designed after Filele's portraits.

Exhibitions: Firle's works were shown several times in the Munich Glass Palace (from 1894), in the Great Berlin Art Exhibition, in the Great Art Exhibition in Dresden (1899, 1908, 1912), in Düsseldorf (1902, 1904, 1913), in the Vienna Artists' House (1894, 1913 ) and in Venice (1895, 1897, 1914).

Literature: Eduard Engels: Walther Firle. In: The art of our time. II. Half volume, Franz Hanfstaengl, Munich 1901, pp. 113-142. (; PDF; 14.0 MB). Firl, Walter. In: Ulrich Thieme (ed.): General encyclopedia of visual artists from antiquity to the present. Founded by Ulrich Thieme and Felix Becker. Volume 12: Fiori–Fyt. E. A. Seemann, Leipzig 1916, p. 8 (text archive – Internet Archive). Georg Jacob Wolf: Walther Firle. For his sixtieth birthday. In: Illustrated Newspaper. 153, no. 3973, Leipzig 1919, p. 210 f.

Inscription: signed lower right.

Technique: oil on canvas. Magnificent original period gold-plated frame.

Measurements: unframed w 31 7/8" x h 42 1/8" (81 x 108 cm), framed w 43 1/4" x h 54 1/3" (110 x 138 cm).

Condition: in very good condition.

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