Johann Sperl, 1840 Buch near Fürth - 1914 Bad Aibling
The Goose Girl
Accompanied by a girl with a doll. Signed lower right and inscribed München. Oil on panel. 27.5 x 20 cm. With sliding battens. Minor restoration. Minor damage. Minor damage to frame. After training as a lithographer, Johann Sperl attended the Nuremberg School of Applied Arts and from 1865 he studied at the Munich Academy. This year he also met Wilhelm Leibl, with whom he was to maintain a lifelong friendship. From 1878, they were both in the Bavarian Oberland, from 1882 they lived - with interruptions - in Bad Aibling, and from 1892 in Kutterling. Johann Sperl initially dealt with the typical Gründerzeit genre painting. In the 1880s he turned increasingly to landscape painting. The origin of the present painting, circa 1882, also falls within this period: Thematically, Sperl describes the social environment by focusing on the family sphere, children playing with cats or geese were among the preferred subjects of the artist and his collectors. He embedded these scenes more and more often in lushly reproduced cottage gardens or natural scenes. "The Goose Girl" is representative of these early Aibling works. Provenance: Weinmüller, Munich, Auction 96, 29 September - 1 October 1965, catalogue number 1537. - Weinmüller, Munich, Auction 146, 14-16 March 1973, lot 1824. Literature: Moritz, Werner, J. Sperl. 1840 - 1914. Rosenheim 1990, p. 145, catalogue raisonné no. 94. Exhibition: Rosenheim City Gallery, Wilhelm Leibl und sein Malerkreis, Exhibition, May 10 - June 23, 1985, no. 124.