Hermann Robert HIRZEL (Buenos Aires 1864 - Berlin 1939)
A Winter Landscape, within a Decorative Border Sold
Pen and black ink, with touches of white heightening, on two joined sheets of card. Signed Hirzel at the lower right and Hzl. in the lower right of the decorative border. 247 x 301 mm. (9 3/4 x 11 7/8 in.) [image, with border]320 x 364 mm. (12 5/8 x 14 3/8 in.) [sheet]ACQUIRED BY THE NATIONAL GALLERY OF ART, WASHINGTON, DC.ENQUIRE
This drawing may be dated to c.1902, by stylistic comparison with Hirzel’s landscape illustrations for the magazine Teuerdank, published between 1901 and 1903 in Berlin and Düsseldorf. Hirzel’s landscapes for the magazine, entitled ‘Stimmungen’ (‘Moods’), are characterized by a sense of stillness and calm, tinged with melancholy. Much of Hirzel’s graphic work is characterized by stylized ornamental elements, in the form of plants, flowers and other organic motifs, displaying something of a Jugendstil, or Art Nouveau, aesthetic.The present sheet belonged to the writer and collector Walther Heinrich (1872-1939), who wrote under the pseudonym Walther Unus.
Walther Unus [Heinrich], BerlinAnonymous sale, Munich, Ketterer Kunst, 23 October 2009, part of lot 106.