Franz von Stuck (German, 1863-1928)
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Franz von Stuck (German, 1863-1928)

Die Sinnlichkeit

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Franz von Stuck (German, 1863-1928)
Die Sinnlichkeit
signed 'FRANZ/STUCK' (lower right)
oil on canvas
19 7/8 x 14¼ in. (50.5 x 36.3 cm.)
Painted circa 1891.
Provenance
Galerie Henneberg, Zürich.
Their sale; Galerie Helbing, Munich, 26 October 1903, lot 51.
Fritz Gutmann, Heemstede & Amsterdam.
Acquired via a forced sale from the above by Karl Haberstock, March 1941.
Acquired from the above by Karl Brandt.
Anonymous sale; Galerie Wolfgang Ketterer, Munich, 21 May 1969, lot 1494.
Galerie Gunzenhauser, Munich.
Piccadilly Gallery, London.
Private collection, California.
Restituted to the heirs of Fritz Gutmann in 2009.
Literature
F.H. Meissner, Franz Stuck. Das Künstlerbuch, vol. III, Berlin & Leipzig, 1899.
Kunstchronik, no. 14, 1902/1903, p. 253.
Eisenwerth (pseudonym of J.A. Schmoll), 'Franz von Stuck im Spiegel der zeitgenossischen Literatur' in Gestaltungsgeschichte und Gesellschaftsgeschichte. Literatur-, kunst-, und musikwissenschaftliche Studien, Stuttgart, 1969, pp. 427-449.
H. Voss, Franz von Stuck 1863-1928, Werkkatalog der Gemälde, Munich, 1973, pp. 110, 266, no. 58/149 (illus.).
P. Bade, Femme Fatale, Images of evil and fascinating Women, London, 1979, p. 20 (illus.).
T. Raff, Franz von Stuck -- der Maler und seine "Sünde(n)" (exh. cat.), Tettenweis, 2003, p. 38.
H. Kessler, Karl Haberstock - Umstrittener Künsthändler und Mäzen, Munich, 2008, pp. 275, 288, 308 (ill.).
Exhibited
London, Piccadilly Gallery, Franz von Stuck, 26 March-4 May
1974, no. 5.
Rotterdam, Museum Boymans von Beuningen, Le Symbolisme
en Europe
, 14 November 1975-11 January 1976, no. 232.
Brussels, Musée des Beaux-Arts de Belgique, January-March 1976; Baden-Baden, Staatliche Kunsthalle March-May 1976; Paris, Grand Palais, May-June 1976).
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Lot Essay

The present work is one of several pictures by Stuck depicting a nude woman intertwined with a serpent, entitled variously 'Sin', 'Vice' or 'Sensuality'. The symbolism harks back most obviously to Eve, but is somewhat different to traditional representations of the motif in so far that she is linked inextricably -- physically and metaphorically -- to the serpent. The woman thus takes on the satanic attributes traditionally ascribed in Genesis to the snake -- sensuality and seduction -- and becomes the embodiment of the femme fatale. There is further a sexual element to these paintings, most obviously in the phallic symbolism of the serpent, and the knowing gaze of the woman, looking out towards the viewer.
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