Carl Spitzweg - Einsiedler mit Mädchen

auction 390, Lot 627

Gemälde und Graphiken 15. – 20. Jh. on 3 December 2020

Carl Spitzweg

Einsiedler mit Mädchen

€ 45.000 to € 55.000


€ 35.560 (incl. 27 % buyer's premium)


Carl Spitzweg

1808 Munich - 1885 ibid.


Hermit with girls



Estate stamp (Lught 2308) in black verso. Oil on panel. 37.5 x 30 cm. Restored. Minor damage. Minor damage to frame.


Bene vixit, qui bene latuit / Good has he led his life, who has hidden himself well (Ovid, Tristia III, 4, 25). - Although originating from ancient times, this motto was often found at monastery gates. And the monastic seclusion is finally found in (almost) perfect manner lived and lived through by the hermit.

On our painting a hermit is sitting in a rocky grotto. He was still immersed in spiritual reading when he listened attentively:At the entrance, two girls, their arms hooked underneath, appear, chatting. The hermit - still young in years - raises his head, his gaze betraying the highest degree of attention. Is he surprised or is he expecting a visit that will give him some distraction?

In this work too, Carl Spitzweg once again impresses with his art of using seemingly harmless representations to suggest a complicated system of emotions and relationships, which constantly stimulates and inspires the viewers imagination.



Literature: Wichmann, Siegfried, Carl Spitzweg und die französischen Zeichner. Daumier - Grandville - Gavarni - Doré. Exhibition catalogue Munich, Haus der Kunst, 23 November 1985 - 2 February 1986. Herrsching 1985, p. 502, catalogue number 749 (with coloured illustration 749). - Wichmann, Siegfried, Carl Spitzweg. Verzeichnis der Werke - Gemälde und Aquarelle. Stuttgart 2002, p. 364, catalogue raisonmé 831 (with illustration): there dated "circa 1870".


Provenance: private collection, South Germany.

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