20th-century German School oil on canvas signed E. Hesse (19th & 20th century) in the lower right and dated 1923. The work has subtle texture to the touch.
This three-quarter portrait of a man features textured brushstrokes without excessive volume. The subject appears to be emerging from shadows, with a single beam of light illuminating the face. Shadows and highlights are meticulously rendered.
During the 1920s, the German School of oil portraiture experienced a period of significant transformation and innovation. This era, known as the Weimar Republic, saw artists exploring new techniques and styles to create emotionally charged portraits that captured the essence of their subjects. Many of these works reflected the social and political turmoil of the time, as Germany grappled with the aftermath of World War I and navigated the challenges of reconstruction and modernization. The portraits of this period are characterized by their evocative use of light and shadow, textured brushstrokes, and keen attention to detail. As such, they not only served as a testament to the artistic talent of the era but also provided a unique window into the complex emotions and experiences of the German people during this tumultuous period.
- Overall Size: 14.1" x 12.9" / 36.5cm x 33.5cm.
- Country: France.
- Signed: E. Hesse (19th & 20th century).
- Date: 1923.
- Condition: The pictorial layer exhibits minor veins and small gaps.
- Materials: Oil on stretched canvas. Shipping: Free global shipping to the US and Europe. A surcharge is added for Australia and New Zealand, and Asia.