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Schuch, Carl attr.
1846 Vienna - 1903 ibid.
Birch alley at dusk.
Oil on panel, mounted on another wooden panel, partly cradled. Dated lower right «Paris ’84» as well as inscribed «K Schuch», «pinx» and «quod testat
The business records of the Galerie Heinemann, Munich, show that the present painting was originally the reverse of a still life by Karl Hagemeister (1848 - 1933) and that the panel was divided by sawing after its acquisition from the Kern Collection in Berlin. The separated, thin panel halves were mounted on new backing boards. The formerly joined recto is a still life depicting a ginger pot, a silver cup and fruits and is now kept in the Bröhan Museum, Berlin, with inventory number 86-067.
It would have been extraordinary, but not surprising, if the painter friends Karl Hagemeister and Carl Schuch shared a support during a joint stay in Paris in 1884. Since both artists were in close fruitful exchange and trained each other, one could imagine that on one of their forays there was suddenly not a single free picture support available and Carl Schuch, in order to show his friend how best to capture that mood in the avenue, quickly reached for the back of Hagemeister’s painting. Whether it happened so spontaneously or whether a long-planned artistic competition took place on this separated panel will probably remain a secret forever.
File note: Dr. Roland Dorn, Carl Schuch Gesellschaft e.V., Wiesbaden, 15.09.2021.
We would like to thank Dr. Roland Dorn, Carl Schuch Gesellschaft e.V., Wiesbaden, for the scientific consultation, based on the original.
Provenance: collection Guido Josef Kern (1878 - 1953), Berlin-Halensee; transferred by sale on 09.11.1926 into the property of the Galerie Heinemann, Munich; booked out of the gallery collection on 10.10.1928 and thus transferred into the private collection of the owner, Theobald Heinemann; private collection Munich.