Carl Welz

Reiter vor einem Gutshaus, undated

Gemälde von Carl Welz, Öl auf Leinwand, 63 x 55 cm

Carl Welz (1860–1929), Reiter vor einem Gutshaus, undatiert

Genre Painting
Materials Oil on canvas
Size 63 x 55 cm
Signature unsigned

Restored with the support of the Ernst von Siemens Kunststiftung

Research status

Provenance is unclear and research continues.

A Prussian-blue saddlecloth

Only the golden initials on the horse blanket can still help to trace the name of the self-assured rider and to clarify the provenance of the painting. It is attributed to Carl Welz. The artist’s signature was cut off when the painting was reduced in size. How and why this unusual measure was taken is not recorded. Did it also remove a dedication to the sitter? Is the painting perhaps also – or even primarily – a homage to a horse that won a race?

Gemälde von Carl Welz, Öl auf Leinwand, Detailansicht

The golden initials on the saddlecloth under a cavalry saddle might help to identify the rider.

Carl Welz, Reiter vor einem Gutshaus, undated (Detail)

© Repro: Kai-Annett Becker
Karteikarte mit Text, handbeschrieben, Druck, Papier

Index card for the painting in the Berlinische Galerie archive. Next to “Signature” it reads: “cut off when the size was reduced”.

Index card for the painting in the Berlinische Galerie archive

© Repro: Berlinische Galerie

Carl Welz lived and worked at Kleiststrasse 42 in Charlottenburg from 1897. He probably painted the work there, basing it on a sketch or a photograph. The artist took time to elaborate the details. He made sure the initials on the Prussian-blue saddlecloth stood out proudly. Attributing these is one of the next tasks for research. The Berlinische Galerie received this work in 1985 from the estate of the Berlin-based sculptor Waldemar Grzimek (1918–1984).

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