(Berlin 1872 - Torbole 1955)
Rocks on the Shore of Lake Garda, near Torbole
Signed and dated H. Lietzmann / 06 at the lower left.
Illegibly inscribed on the verso.
317 x 554 mm. (12 1/4 x 21 3/4 in.) [sheet]
Among comparable works by Lietzmann is a gouache view of The ‘Marocche’ Rocks near Torbole, signed and dated 1910, which was sold at auction in Germany in 2015, and is today in an Italian private collection.
After serving as a military draughtsman in France during the First World War, Lietzmann returned to Torbole to find that his home had been destroyed in the fighting and his property, like that of other German aliens, confiscated by the new Fascist regime in Italy. Nevertheless, he remained in the town, working as a painter of religious works and as a portraitist, producing likenesses of many of the inhabitants of Torbole. He also restored an altarpiece by the 18th century Venetian painter Giambettino Cignaroli, in the local church of Sant’Andrea, that had been damaged during the war. Among his important commissions was one for sixty tempera paintings of New Testament subjects, painted between 1924 and 1928 for the Preussische Hauptbibelgesellschaft of Berlin and now in the collection of the Märkishes Museum there. In 1928 he published a guidebook to Torbole, which was followed by an autobiography issued in 1937. Lietzmann remained in Torbole during the Second World War, living almost in poverty and largely forgotten, and was buried there after his death. In recent years interest in his work has been revived, stimulated by an exhibition in Torbole in 1985 on the thirtieth anniversary of his death, and culminating in the publication of a monograph devoted to his work in 2006.