Catalogue raisonné: Olaf Thormann, Der Maler und Zeichner Otto Th.W. Stein. Leben und Werk, 1993, G 131.
Condition: Pronounced but firm craquelé, heavy rubbing at the edges of the picture, slight staining of the coloured area, several retouchings in the background, small areas with loss of colour. The painting was mounted on a new, but not exactly fitting stretcher frame. Age-appropriate, but acceptable overall condition.
Stamped on the reverse.
Otto Theodor W. Stein was born in Saaz in Bohemia in 1877. He studied painting in Vienna, Prague, Karlsruhe and Paris. In 1913 he founded the new Munich Secession with famous artists such as Max Liebermann, Lovis Corinth and Peter Behrens. During his residence in Chemnitz, Theodor Otto W. Stein worked primarily as a painter and graphic artist and was patronized by the art dealers Wolfgang Gurlitt and Heinrich Barchfeld. In 1935 – after the National Socialists came to power – Theodor Otto W. Stein emigrated to Czech Prague because of his Jewish origins. From 1942 Theodor Otto W. Stein is imprisoned in the Theresienstadt concentration camp. After the Second World War he settled in the Czech Republic, in Frýdlant, where he died in 1958. Stein’s neo-Romantic oeuvre continues traditional lines of Western art and embodies an independent contribution to modernism.