GEORG TAPPERT (1880-1957)
GEORG TAPPERT (1880-1957)
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GEORG TAPPERT (1880-1957)

Café

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GEORG TAPPERT (1880-1957)
Café
signed 'Tappert' (lower left); signed 'TAPPERT' (on the reverse)
oil on burlap
25 1⁄4 x 23 5⁄8 in. (64 x 60.8 cm.)
Painted in 1917
Provenance
The artist's estate.
With Galerie Nierendorf, Berlin, by whom acquired from the above, by October 1963.
Leonard Hutton Galleries, New York, by April 1964.
Probably acquired from the above by the grandparents of the present owner.
Literature
'Art Galleries: Unfashionable Pictures; Work of George Tooker at Durlacher's', in The New York Times, 2 May 1964, p. 24 (titled 'Café Bourgeois' and dated '1918').
G. Wietek, Georg Tappert, 1887-1957, Ein Wegbereiter der Deutschen Moderne, Munich, 1980, no. 172, p. 185 (illustrated).
Exhibited
Kassel, Kunstverein, Berliner Ku¨nstler Georg Tappert, Geda¨chtnis-Ausstellung, Gema¨lde der Jahre 1906-1932 ; Rene´e Sintenis, Plastik und Zeichnungen ; Graf v. Luckner, Bildnisse und Gouachen, May - June 1959, no. 28 (with incorrect dimensions).
Berlin, Galerie Nierendorf, Georg Tappert, October 1963 - January 1964, no. 39, p. 17 (illustrated; dated '1919').
New York, Leonard Hutton Galleries, Georg Tappert, April - May 1964, no. 22 (illustrated; titled 'Café Bourgeois' and dated '1918').
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Lot Essay

Painted in 1917, Café is a fine example of Tappert's fascination with the subject of café society, which he explored throughout his career, and particularly in the years during the First World War. In taking up themes of the cabaret and the world of entertainment, Tappert reflects the influence of works by Pechstein and Van Dongen, who in turn drew their inspiration from French turn-of-the-century artists such as Toulouse-Lautrec.
Even though Georg Tappert served in the army during the war years, from 1915-1918, scenes of war and destruction are conspicuously absent from his œuvre. Instead, during this period Tappert's work is dominated by nudes and scenes of the demi-monde, and bourgeoise social life, such as the present painting. Unlike his contemporaries, who expressed war traumas and battle experiences through their art, Tappert found in painting a way of escaping the grim reality and creating a more pleasant imaginary world.

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