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Giovanni Segantini (1858 - 1899)

Lot 242: GIOVANNI SEGANTINI ITALIAN, 1858-1899

Sotheby's

November 16, 2004
London, United Kingdom

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Description

signed GSegantini l.r.

charcoal on paper

Dimensions

67 by 44cm., 26 1/4 by 17 1/4 in.

Exhibited

Milan, Giovanni Segantini, 1899
Probably, Milan, Galleria Grubicy, Mostre collettive Segantini e Previati, 1906
Berlin, Jüdisches Museum, Max Steinthal: Ein Bankier und seine Bilder, 2004 (illustrated in the catalogue)

Literature

Lorenzo Benapiani, 'Giovanni Segantini in Memoriam', in Emporium, vol. II, Bergamo, 1900, mentioned
Franz Servaes, Giovanni Segantini: Sein Leben und Sein Werk, Vienna, 1902, p. 17
'La vendita delle opere di Segantini', in Corriere della Sera, year 35, no. 318, Milan, 16 November 1910
Annie-Paule Quinsac, Segantini, Milan, 1982, vol. II, p. 447, illustrated as no. 541

Provenance

PROPERTY RESTITUTED TO THE HEIRS OF MAX AND FANNY STEINTHAL

Alberto Grubicy (until 1910)
Sale: Kunstauktion Lepke, Berlin, Giovanni Segantini Versteigerung von 38 Gemälden und Zeichnungen, Auflösung seiner Galerie, 1910
Schmersenz collection, Monaco (acquired at the above sale)
Max and Fanny Steinthal
Seized by the Third Reich after their deaths
In possession of Max and Fanny Steinthal's son-in-law (until 1950)
Impounded by the East German authorities in 1950
Dresden Gemäldegalerie (by 1950)
Restituted to the heirs of Max and Fanny Steinthal in 2004

Notes

Executed circa 1896.

The present work is a later version of the oil of circa 1882 (Quinsac no. 539). Segantini also executed the composition in pastel (Quinsac no. 540).

Like in La Raccolta delle zucche (lot 240), Segantini addresses a theme central to his oeuvre, that of motherhood. A young mother mourns the death of her child, whose cot now stands empty beside her.

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