'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.
«Frühling im Schwarzwald». Spiegelhalter-Hof.
Öl auf Leinwand. U.l. sign. Verso auf dem Keilrahmen auf einem Originaletikett des Künstlers handschriftlich bet., 1944 dat. und bez. mit den Angaben zum Werk.
Die Kunst von Karl Hauptmann fand auch in Form von Postkarten Verbreitung. Bisher konnten 17 verschiedene Karten des Feldbergmalers ausfindig gemacht werden. Das hier abgebildete Gemälde war eines davon. Die farbige Karte wurde von dem Kunstverlag Emil Köhn, München, unter
Provenienz: Familie des Künstlers; seitdem Privatsammlung Bad Krozingen.
Literatur: Ruth Hötzel-Dickel, Karl Hauptmann
«Frühling im Schwarzwald (spring in the Black Forest)». Spiegelhalter-Hof.
Oil on canvas. Signed lower left. Verso on the stretcher on the artist’s original label handwritten titled, dated 1944 and inscribed with the work’s data.
The art of Karl Hauptmann was also spread in the form of postcards. So far 17 different cards of the Black Forest painter have been discovered. The painting shown here was one of them. The coloured card was published by the art editor Emil Köhn, Munich, number 2173.
Provenance: family of the artist; since then private collection Bad Krozingen.
Literature: Ruth Hötzel-Dickel, Karl Hauptmann