Carl Spitzweg - Vor der Klosterklause

auction 390, Lot 628

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

Carl Spitzweg

Vor der Klosterklause

€ 30.000 to € 35.000


€ 48.260 (incl. 27 % buyer's premium)


Carl Spitzweg

1808 Munich - 1885 ibid.


In front of the monastery hermitage



Inscribed with S in the rhombus lower left. Oil on paper on panel. 25.3 x 17.2 cm. Cradling. Restored, minor damage. Framed.


Carl Spitzweg obviously describes a scene in South Tyrol: A mendicant monk is waiting for his brother, who - together with a mule - heavily packed approach the dwelling. This is a so-called Terminhaus, a building (sometimes just a room) maintained by mendicant orders in which a brother could stay while he was collecting alms outside the monastery. Thus, the approaching confrere is probably to be understood as the one who increases the food supply of the temporary hermit.


Literature: Wichmann, Siegfried, Carl Spitzweg. Verzeichnis der Werke - Gemälde und Aquarelle [catalogue raisonné]. Stuttgart 2002, p. 370, no. 853 (ill.): dated c. 1855-60. Wichmann refers to a not preserved expertise by Adolf Alt, 16 October 1930.



Provenance: Weinmüller, München, Auction 121, 18-19 June 1969, catalogue number 1020 (with plate 67). - Private owner, South Germany