7 October 1999
Leo Putz (1869-1940)
signed 'Leo Putz' (lower left)
oil on canvas
47 x 45in. (119.4 x 115cm.)
Painted circa 1904
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W. Michel, Leo Putz, Leipzig, 1909 (illustrated pl. 27).
R. Stein, Leo Putz, Leben und Werk, Vienna, 1974.
H. Putz, Leo Putz Gauting 1994, no. 227 (illustrated in colour Vol. I, p. 78, and again Vol. II p. 632).
Originally this painting depicted a portrait of Leo Putz's painter friend Reinhold Max Eichler, but was overpainted by a rich bouquet of flowers when the Artist re-worked the present painting.
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