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Lot 10: Watercolour "On the Sea Horizon" by Robert Wosak, Austria 1913
December 7, 2012
Berlin, GermanyLive Auction
Watercolour on cardboard
Robert Wosak (1876-1944) - Austrian painter
Artworks by Robert Wosak fetch up to 6,000 Euros in international auctions
Signed and dated lower left "ROBERT WOSAK 1913"
In a gilt, carved frame
Overall dimensions, framed: 60.5 x 83.5 cm
This extraordinary watercolour by the Austrian painter Robert Wosak shows the most atmospheric view of an ocean surface, colourfully gleaming in the twilight. The horizon is set very high, so that the water surface takes up nearly two thirds of the painting. On the right side, a boat sails right on the horizon. The yellowish evening sky is crossed by a few blue clouds. The painting displays the artist's talent and genius in mastering the watercolour technique to perfection. He lets the colours melt into each other and then seems to have deliberately separated them again. The painting has unique easiness and insouciance. Especially the fine colour nuances that blend from the sunnier, brighter left half into the darker areas on the right side reveal Wosak's great artistic skill. A stylistic affinity with his great contemporary, Ferdinand Hodler, is quite obvious when looking at this work of art.
The painting is in good condition with minor traces of age, staining and few tiny abrasions. The beautifully gilded frame has usual traces of age and wear. The painting is signed and dated lower left, "ROBERT WOSAK 1913". The overall dimensions, framed, are 60.5 x 83.5 cm and the cardboard measures 54 x 77 cm.
Robert Wosak (1876-1944)
The Austrian artist Robert Wosak received his education in the field of graphic design and painting in Munich, Germany. After some international journeys and several years in Germany, Wosak returned to his home country where he soon connected to the local arts and cultural groups. Wosak was a very versatile artist; his motifs range from religious subjects, genre scenes, landscapes and architectural representations to animal studies and still lifes.