Aloys ZÖTL (Freistadt 1803 - Eferding 1887)
A Caspian Turtle (Testudo caspica) Sold
Watercolour. Laid down. Signed and dated Alois Zötl fecit am 5 Februar 1881 at the lower right. Inscribed Amphibien Taf.17 at the lower left, and titled Die caspische Schildkröte Testudo caspica. in the bottom margin. Numbered 9 in the lower right margin.325 x 445 mm. (11 3/4 x 17 1/2 in.) [image]439 x 546 mm. (17 1/4 x 21 1/2 in.) [sheet]ENQUIRE
Five further depictions of various species of turtles, bearing dates between 1880 and 1882, were included in an auction of 150 large watercolours from Aloys Zötl’s studio, held in Paris in 1955, while two others appeared in a second sale of 170 watercolours the following year. Other studies of turtles, dated 1861, 1867 and 1880 as part of the Amphibien series, are illustrated in a recent monograph on the artist’s watercolours.A similar watercolour of a Tortue Bleue, dated 31 August 1881, was acquired by André Breton at the first sale of Zotl’s watercolours, and recently appeared at auction in Paris.