Albert Brendel (German, 1827-95) Painting of Rural Village
ALBERT HEINRICH BRENDEL (GERMAN, 1827-1895) ANTIQUE VILLAGE SCENE PAINTING WITH DONKEY
Signed "A. Brendel" lower left corner
Item # 502LPQ20
This bright and striking work by Albert Brendel captures a genre scene of village life during the mid-19th Century. It is characterized by distinct bright blues and vibrant high chroma greens against the stucco facade of the buildings. The inhabitants are likewise colorfully dressed, shaded from the heat of the summer day in a small tent where they appear to be preparing food. A lone donkey with a reed satchel awaits his rider along the dirt path. It is a very striking and attractive scene, restored in the last decade and remaining in overall excellent condition.
Albert Heinrich Brendel studied at the Berlin Academy of Art under Wilhelm Krause, then going to Paris in 1851 to study under Palizzi and Thomas Couture. Attracted to the spirit of the Barbizon, he formed friendships with the masters of this school of painting upon returning from a year of study in Italy to settle in Paris. He exhibited his works in Berlin, Munich, Vienna, Paris and Nantes. Two of his works are held in Berlin's Nationalgalerie, " Schafe im Stall" and " Treibende Viehherde"; other works are held at the Victoria and Albert Museum and Berlin's Kaliningrad.
- E. Benezit Dictionary of Artists, Vol. II, Gründ, p. 1204
- Popular 19th Century Painting: A Dictionary of Genre Painters, Philip Hook and Mark Poltimore, p. 239 and p. 245
Measurements: [frame] 20 1/4" W x 25 1/2" H; [canvas] 14 1/16" W x 19 7/8" H
Relined and professionally restored in the last decade. Surface is clean and vibrant with light craquelure; tiny surface chip to left of chimney and minor rubbing along edges of frame. Under UV shows inpainting to head of donkey, a horizontal line at front left foot of donkey and edge of the door; spots of touch up in thatched roof, possible repair in lowest right corner, apparent touch ups in sky. The frame is damaged and with old repairs; gilt and gesso loss throughout, corner cracks and losses.