'The Feldberg Painter'
24th April 1880 - 7th April 1947
Karl Hauptmann was born on 25th of April in 1880 in Freiburg i.Br., Germany. He received his artistic training in Nürnberg and Munich and was thereafter engaged as a decorative painter.
In 1908 he produced the first of what were to be his typical Black Forest paintings. In the years between 1915 and 1919, he produced numerous images of the Alpine region he had visited during his deployment with the mountain infantry in the First World War.
In 1918 Karl Hauptmann purchased «Molerhüsli», which for him encompassed his dwelling, atelier, and exhibition space. It soon became a favourite meeting place for skiers, hikers, students, and visitors to Feldberg.
Due to Hauptmann’s ever-present health problems, his doctor prescribed a trip to Italy in 1940, to which he again travelled the following year.
On 7th of April in 1947, Karl Hauptmann died at the age of 67 at his «Molerhüsli».
Lit.: Exhibition Catalogue, Feldberg, 1993.
«Aufziehendes Wintergewitter. Elztal».
Öl auf Hartfaser. U.l. sign. Verso auf einem Originaletikett des Künstlers handschriftlich bet., 1942/43 dat. und bez. mit den Angaben zum Werk.
Provenienz: erworben direkt beim Künstler; Nachlass Curt Edgar Schreiber, ehemaliger Geschäftsführer der Uhrenfabrik Mauthe, Schwenningen, und Nachfolge.
«Aufziehendes Wintergewitter. Elztal (rising winter storm. Elztal)».
Oil on masonite. Signed lower left. Verso on the artist’s original label handwritten titled, dated 1942/43 and inscribed with the work’s data.
Provenance: purchased directly from the artist; estate Curt Edgar Schreiber, former managing director of the watch factory Mauthe, Schwenningen, and successors.