Pen and brown ink and brown wash, 51 x 37.5 cm (20 x 14-3/4 in.), signed and titled “V. Tischler / Farewell” in ink lower right. On cream wove paper with watermark of a quartered shield surmounted by a coronet with three castles. Lightly skinned areas on edges verso from old hinges and small old losses to tips of corners, all professionally restored, otherwise in fine condition, clear and bright. Offered in a 20th c. hand-carved and gilded frame stamped M. Grieve Co., overall 33 x 26 x 4 in., in the purchaser’s choice of face mat.
The painter and graphic artist Victor Tischler evolved from expressionism
through the Hagenbund (Joseph Urban’s progressive Austrian group which
included Oskar Kokoschka and Egon Schiele) toward the Neue Sachlichkeit
(New Objectivity, a tempering of expressionism with a new classicality).
During his Paris period from 1928 he was given a solo exhibition by the
famed Dutch dealer Jacques Goudstikker (Amsterdam, February/March 1934).
Tischler left France for America at the outset of the Second World War,
quickly attracting notice as a representative of modern Austrian painting
and remaining through 1949. The topic of this sheet, “Farewell,”
may date the drawing to his American years and express his separation from
his nuturing roots.
Walter Heil, Director, M.H. De Young Memorial Museum, San Francisco, said of Tischler in a foreword to an exhibition of his works in 1943:
"Born and trained in Vienna, he lived and worked subsequently for fifteen years in Paris. Thus, in his art he shows evidence both of his Austrian heritage and his intimate association with modern French painting. His drawings, in particular, in which trees writhing like tortured humans, and even atmospheric phenomena are rendered by way of sensitive and expressive lines with an intrinsic ornamental beauty of their own, call to mind those exquisite and fascinating landscape drawings by the 16th century masters of the Danube School, especially of Altdorfer and Wolf Huber. This resemblance seems to be more the result of an inner affinity than of an external influence. His paintings, on the other hand, clearly reveal the effect of the long years Tischler spent in Paris. It was obviously there that he cultivated his coloristic taste and acquired the consummate craftsmanship which so fortunately characterize his works."
Published: M.H. De Young Memorial Museum, San Francisco, The Dr. T. Edward and Tullah Hanley Memorial Collection (exhibition catalogue, 1970), no. 141, p. 21.
Thomas Edward Hanley (Bradford, Pennsylvania);
M.H. De Young Memorial Museum, San Francisco (acquired as part of the Dr. T. Edward and Tullah Hanley Memorial Gift, 1969);
deaccessioned by Achenbach Foundation for Graphic Arts, San Francisco (lower mat bears 1969 accession number and bar code).
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