(Breslau 1815 - Berlin 1905)
A Man Drinking
Signed with initials and dated A.M. / Oct. 84 at the lower right.
226 x 147 mm. (8 7/8 x 5 3/4 in.)
Another study for the same figure is found in a sketchbook used by Menzel between 1884 and 1892 and today in the Kupferstichkabinett in Berlin. A preparatory drawing for a different figure in the gouache Spa Guests at the Warm Kettle in Kissingen, depicting a woman drinking, was in a private collection in Hamburg in 1982, while a study of another woman in the same painting is today in the Museen für Kunst und Kulturgeschichte der Hansestadt Lübeck in Lübeck.
Six years later, in 1890, Menzel painted a larger gouache of a similar Kissingen subject, though horizontal in format and different in composition; this painting was with the Galerie Abels in Cologne in 1975. A somewhat analogous drawing of a man drinking, dated 1888 and formerly in the collection of Julius Held in Vermont, was used for this later painting.
Joey and Toby Tanenbaum, Toronto
Anonymous sale, New York, Sotheby’s, 12 October 1994, lot 326
Hazlitt, Gooden & Fox, London, in 1995.