This genre scene was executed by famous German genre painter, draftsman and illustrator Heinrich Lossow (1843 in Munich - 1897 in Schleissheim).
Lossow received his first artistic lessons from his father. Through this he was - together with his brother Friedrich - a student of Karl Theodor von Piloty at the Academy of Fine Arts in Munich. Later he made some study trips to France and Italy.
He brought back many impressions and sketches from these trips, which then became the basis for many of his pictures in the studio. Lossow leaned some of his works on the Rococo, which were considered "piquant" or pornographic at the time. A loyal servant of his wife, he signed a portfolio with eight erotic etchings on the plate with the pseudonym Gaston Ferran, in Paris around 1890.
Lossow also worked as an illustrator for several publishers, among others. active for works by Shakespeare, Goethe and Schiller. One of the better known works was Shakespeare´s The Merry Wives of Windsor. He also became famous for commissioned work based on the works of Heinrich Heine.
In the last years of his life, Lossow was responsible for the picture gallery there as a curator at Schleißheim Palace.
The painter Heinrich Lossow died on May 19, 1897 in Schleissheim at the age of 54
Literature: artist lexicons: by Thieme / Becker; Vollmer; Münchner Maler III, 1982; Ries, 1992.
Inscription: signed lower left.
Technique: oil on canvas, original period frame.
Measurements: unframed w 27 " x h 33 1/2" (68,5 x 85 cm); framed w 33 1/8" x h 39 1/3" (84 x 100 cm).
Condition: in very good condition.