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Lot 16: Oil Painting "View over Taormina and Mount Etna", Louis Wöhner

100 Rare and Fine Works of Art and Antiques

by Auctionata

December 7, 2012

Berlin, Germany

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Description: Oil on canvas
Italy, 1953
Louis Wöhner (1876-1958) - German painter of the Munich school
Paintings by Louis Wöhner fetch up to 3,800 Euros at international auctions
Signed and dated lower right, "Louis Wöhner 53"
Framed in pale original frame from this period
Overall dimensions, framed: 77.5 x 98 cm
Good condition

This beautiful oil painting by Louis Wöhner, a painter of the Munich school, displays the expressive view over the ruins of Taormina to the bay with Mount Etna in the background. The ruins of the antique theater in Taormina on the hillsides of Monte Tauros are visible in the foreground. Between the sunken walls at the centre of the painting, the long bay of the Eastern coast of Sicily is recognizable. In the background, the smoking volcano Etna rises over the scenery. The hot, summery atmosphere of Southern Italy can almost be felt in the shimmering depiction of the sky and the brightly illuminated ruins. The artist Louis Wöhner achieves this through the skillful manner of painting with pastose applied, mixed tones of colour.The painting is in good condition with slight craquelure as well as minor paint flakes. The pale original frame from the period displays usual signs of age and wear with minimal loss of material on the edges. The painting is signed and dated lower right, "Louis Wöhner 53". The overall dimensions, framed, are 77.5 x 98 cm; the dimensions of the canvas are 65 x 85.5 cm.Louis Wöhner (1876-1958)
The German artist Louis Wöhner studied in several arts schools, for example in Stockholm, Braunschweig, Düsseldorf, Cologne and Nuremberg. Finally, he studied under Carl von Marr as well as Peter Halm and Hugo von Habermann at the Academy of Fine Arts Munich. During his many travels, he painted landscapes and townscapes as well as portraits and still lifes in the late impressionist style. Wöhner was a member of the Münchner Künstlergenossenschaft.

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