Hermann Robert HIRZEL (Buenos Aires 1864 - Berlin 1939)
Steps in the Garden of the Casa Baldi, Olevano Sold
Pencil. Signed, dated and inscribed Olevano 93 / Casa Baldi. Hzl. at the lower right.244 x 325 mm. (9 5/8 x 12 3/4 in.)ENQUIRE
According to the artist’s inscription at the lower right, the present sheet was drawn in 1893 on the grounds of the Casa Baldi in the hill town of Olevano Romano, about fifty kilometres east of Rome. In the 19th century the Casa Baldi was a country inn popular with artists painting and sketching the mountainous landscape around Olevano, who included Camille Corot, Friedrich Overbeck, Albert Bierstadt, Joseph Anton Koch and Anselm Feuerbach. In the 1930’s the Casa Baldi was acquired by the German state, and today houses an extension of the German Academy in Rome, with studios where artists can spend three months on scholarships.The present sheet once belonged to Walther Unus, the pseudonym of the writer and collector Walther Heinrich (1872-1939).
Walther Unus [Heinrich], BerlinAnonymous sale, Munich, Ketterer Kunst, 23 October 2009, part of lot 106.