Lot 14: Oil painting "Cardinal Admiring a Monstrance" by F. Demel, 1920
December 7, 2012
Berlin, GermanyLive Auction
Oil on canvas
Austria, around 1920
Franz Demel (1878-1947) - Austrian painter
Paintings by Franz Demel fetch up to 1,800 Euros at international auctions
Signed lower right, "F.DEMEL"
Overall dimensions, framed: 40 x 34 cm
Very good condition
Franz Demel, who is primarily known as a fine landscape painter, shows his skill in portraying a human in this painting. It depicts a cardinal who is contemplating a monstrance, appearing less devoted than enraptured, like a successful art collector. Supporting this impression is the magnifying glass in his hand and the letter on the table, which probably came with the acquisition. The painting is dominated by different shades of red, amongst them the tones of his cassock and monzetta, the red velvet of his chair and the red of the table cloth covering the table. On the wall in the background hangs a painting that, at first glance, resembles one of Raffael's Madonnas.
The painting is in very good condition, the colours are fresh and the canvas, aside from a little dent in the cardinal's hair, is in perfect shape. The lovely black frame with its golden inner border is also in very good condition. The overall dimensions of the painting, framed, measure 40 x 34 cm; the dimensions of the canvas measure 31.5 x 26 cm. The painting is signed lower right, "F. DEMEL".
Franz Demel (1878-1947)
Franz Demel, who also signed his artworks with his pseudonym August Waidhofer, is a well-known Austrian landscape and vedute painter. He received his training at the Academy in Vienna. He is mainly known for his landscapes showing subjects of the Austrian region of Wachau.