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Lot 11: Tempera on wood, "Haymaking", by Thomas Leitner, 1936
December 7, 2012
Berlin, GermanyLive Auction
Tempera on wood
Thomas Leitner (1876-1948) - Austrian landscape painter
Signed and dated lower right, "Th. Leitner 1936"
Works by Thomas Leitner fetch up to 9,000 euros at international auctions
Framed in an elegant black frame with a gilt inner border
Overall dimensions, framed: 34.5 x 43.5 cm
This painting is a typical work by the Austrian artist Thomas Leitner. It shows a view on a wide, flat meadow that is lined with high haystacks. The horizon is set very low, thus allowing the cloudy sky to fully spread out. The sky and the land glow in the warm light of a late summer's day and there are some pink streaks in the sky. Leitner, who was also called "Cloud Leitner", has painted this work true to his nickname. The clouds shimmer in the light and alternately appear heavy with rain or light with wind.
The painting is in good condition, with paint flakes along the edges that are not visible due to the frame. The lovely frame has minor traces of wear and gaps in all corners. The painting is signed and dated lower right, "Th Leitner 1936". The overall dimensions, framed, are 34.5 x 43.5 cm; the dimensions of the wooden panel are 25 x 34 cm.
Thomas Leitner (1876-1948)
Leitner was born in Altmünster in Upper Austria and studied at the Academy for Fine Arts in Vienna around 1893, where he visited the master class taught by Franz Rumpler. He won the Rome prize and in 1908 he became a member of the Vienna Künstlerhaus, where he exhibited regularly. He visited Waidhofen in Austria for the first time in 1911 and from then on, stayed there every summer until finally settling there. Leitner received several awards and was awarded the title of professor in 1936. His strength lay in landscape painting, especially the depiction of skies and clouds. Thanks to his achievements in this area, he received the nickname "Wolken-Leitner", which translates into "Cloud-Leitner". Paintings by Leitner can be found in the Austrian Gallery in the Upper Belvedere.