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Gentz, Wilhelm
1822 Neuruppin - 1890 Berlin.
Portrait of a young Abyssinian lady in an oriental colourful skirt and a pale chemise with trumpet sleeves.
Oil on canvas, mounted on cardboard. Monogrammed lower right. Verso inscribed «W. Gentz» probably by Ismael Gentz, the artist’s son, badly legible inscribed «Stein» by a different hand and a collection label handwritten inscribed with the work’s data and the provenance.
H 36, W 18,5 (canvas),
H 37,3, W 20 (cardboard). Framed.
«[...] Gentz created countless studies of people in various poses and garments, either partially or in their entirety, which were not included in his catalogue raisonné but were kept in portfolios at home. [...]Very typical is the excessively strong oil brushstroke in colours arranged under and over each other in the drapery of the skirt, which serves as an eye-catcher. The use of many and very bright colours is also characteristic of Gentz, who was considered a colourist. The thick, spread-out drops of colour produced intentionally by overpainting are characteristic and comparable to other Gentz sketches and studies. They are the painter’s exercises in testing the effect in the painting. [...]» from: Irina Rockel, authentication verification, Vielitz, 05.09.2021.
Authentication verification: Dr. Irina Rockel, Vielitz, 05.09.2021.
We would like to thank Dr. Irina Rockel, author of the catalogue raisonné, Vielitz, for the scientific advice via E-Mail, based on photos.
Provenance: according to the consignor purchased at Auktionshaus Carl F. Schlüter, Hamburg, in March 2002; since then private collection Hamburg and Markgräflerland.
Catalogue raisonné: The work will be listed in the upcoming addendum to the catalogue raisonné.

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hammer price: 550,- EUR
(starting price: 400,- EUR)