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Lot 8185: On home leave - a large-size painting, dated 1943
04 November 2016
Munich, Bavaria, GermanyLive Auction
Description: Oil on canvas, signed and dated "Bernhard / 43" on the lower right. An Obergefreiter of the anti-aircraft artillery of the Luftwaffe standing at the train station with his luggage. He is wearing a field-grey uniform with garrison cap, a field tunic with shoulder boards for enlisted men, red collar patches with three gulls and two sleeve chevrons as well as a darned pair of trousers and leather boots. The ribbon of the Eastern Front Medal is attached to a buttonhole. The soldier, loaded with field pack, carbine, parcels and a goose, is leaving the train station in joyous anticipation, with soldiers standing by a train with express train locomotive in the background. In a contemporary profile frame (knocked). Lightly damaged in places, signs of age. Dimensions of painting circa 171 x 121 cm, dimensions of frame circa 180 x 130 cm. Excellent painting by an academically trained artist with casual and accurate representation as well as a finely nuanced colour scheme. It may be attributed to the painter Franz Bernhard, who showed his work at the Great German Art Exhibition in 1938 and whose painting Adolf Hitler acquired.
Condition Report: II
Kunst im Dritten Reich
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