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Lot 21: Tempera "Arosa in the Snow", by Reinhold Nägele, 1933
December 7, 2012
Berlin, GermanyLive Auction
Tempera on wood
Reinhold Nägele (1884-1972), German painter and graphic artist
Paintings by Nägele fetch up to 28,000 Euros at international auctions
Signed and dated lower right, "RNägele 1933"
Arosa was a motif preferred by the painter
Overall dimension, framed: 74 x 57.5 cm
Very good condition
This enchanting painting by the Swabian artist Reinhold Nägele depicts the Swiss ski resort Arosa, as painted by him during the season on a sunny day in 1933. Under the glorious blue sky, the mountain peaks rise upward, their slopes leading sometimes more, sometimes less gently down to the valley. It is very busy here; horse-drawn sleighs and riders alternate with pedestrians and skiers. The humorous, in part almost child-like manner of painting deceives the viewer, until they notice the precision and love of detail with which the artist has painted Arosa. The houses and scenery are depicted naturalistically and especially the interplay of light and shadow on the snowy landscape reveals the artist's outstanding skill. The white snow covers all significant scenic characteristics, challenging the artist to paint the white surface in such a way that it is alive, that depth and width are as recognisable as differences in height and small bumps. Nägele has achieved this in an inimitable manner.The painting "Arosa" by Reinhold Nägele is in very good condition. The wooden panel displays small hairlines on the edge. The dimensions of the panel are 71 x 55 cm. The dimensions including the plain wooden frame are 74 x 57.5 cm. The painting is signed and dated lower right, "RNägele 33". Verso, there is an old label of the Stuttgart Kunsthaus Schaller.Reinhold Nägele (1884-1972)
Reinhold Nägele was born the son of a stage painter, from whom he learnt his initial skills. He deepened his abilities at the arts school in Stuttgart and already exhibited in 1907/08 for Paul Cassirer in Berlin. During the First World War he had to interrupt his career as an artist, but afterwards he became an active member of the art scene in Stuttgart. In 1923 he was a co-founder of the Stuttgarter Secession and joined the Vereinigung der Freunde schwäbischer Grafik [association of the friends of Swabian graphic art], which was dissolved in 1937 after refusing to expel Nägele as an artist. Nägele emigrated to the United States with his Jewish wife Alice Nördlinger in 1939, only returning to Germany after her death in 1963.