Karl GEISER (1898 - 1957)

Head of a Boy with a Cap Sold

Pen and black ink on paper, laid down on a white card.
Stamped with the artist’s initials KG in red ink at the lower right.
Stamped F 4 in the lower right margin of the backing card.
97 x 82 mm. (3 7/8 x 3 1/34 in.)


Karl Geiser worked mainly in pen, with a deceptively simple linear technique devoid of shading or hatching. The present sheet, a fine and typical example of the artist’s spare draughtsmanship, may be grouped with drawings of the late 1920’s and 1930’s, such as a pen study of a standing youth named Jean, drawn in Marseille in 1929, in a private Swiss collection, or a small pencil sketch of a boy wearing a cap, dating from the artist’s stay in Munich in 1937, that was part of the contents of the artist’s studio at the time of his death.

This drawing was part of the collection of some two hundred drawings, of various schools, assembled by the German-born collector Curtis O. Baer (1898-1976). Most of Baer’s drawings were acquired after the Second World War, mainly between 1950 and 1960, and several sheets are today in the collection of the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C.

Curtis Otto Baer, New Rochelle, New York (Lugt 3366), his mark stamped in at the lower right margin of the backing card
By descent to his son, George M. Baer, Atlanta, Georgia
Thence by descent until 2010.


Head of a Boy with a Cap


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