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    Sale 5404

    Nineteenth Century European Art

    19 March 2008, London, South Kensington

  • Lot 77

    Hans Thoma (German, 1839-1924)

    Portrait of a man

    Price Realised  

    Hans Thoma (German, 1839-1924)
    Portrait of a man
    signed with initials 'HT' (upper left) and inscribed '... 1862 in Karlsruhe gemalt/...-Karlsruhe 19 dez 1909 Hans Thoma' (upper left)
    oil on canvas
    17 x 13¾ in. (43.2 x 34.9 cm.)


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    Hans Thoma was a German artist who started his career as a landscape painter. He drew inspiration from his roots in the Black Forest. Thoma travelled extensively and in 1868 spent time in Paris where he was heavily influenced by Courbet. Upon his return to Germany he concentrated on figurative painting. In 1882 he received a commission to paint frescoes depicting Wagnerian operas for the Frankfurt based architect Simon Ravenstein. From 1899, he was the director of the the Karlsruhe gallery which now holds a large collection of his works.

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