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Adolph von Menzel: Monk and Priest in a Wine Cellar

Adolph von Menzel (Breslau 1815 - Berlin 1905)

Monk and Priest in a Wine Cellar

Lot-No. 22 | Proceeds : 86.700,00 €  

Oil/canvas, 29,5 x 26,5 cm, up. ri. sign. a. dat. A. Menzel 1838, some craquelure, some rest. - Expert report: Bruno Grimschitz, 8. Feb. 1951. - We are grateful to Dr. Riemann-Reyher and Dr. Claude Keisch, Berlin, for their kind assistance. They consider the painting to be by the hand of Menzel. Probably it is the one mentioned in the catalogue of the Menzel exhibition in 1905 and in Boetticher. - Prov.: Heinrich Glosemeyer, Bremen, bought from his collection in 1959, thence by descent. - After establishing himself as graphic artist M. turned to painting in the 1830s. The painting at hand captivates by the contrast of the somewhat earthy cellarer and the elegant priest who displays his refinement by holding his wine glass by the foot plate, a gesture that was known to M. from Dutch Old Master paintings. He had used the motif before in the lithograph "The five senses" from 1835.

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