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Edward Cucuel, Robert Russ, and Claes Molenaer at the spring sale Schuler Auktionen


Between the 22nd and 26th of March, 2021, Zurich's Schuler Auktionen will hold spring auctions featuring rare artwork from artists of the XVII-XXI centuries. Among the top lots will be the genre scene with a nude female figure by Edward Cucuel (1875-1954), an impressionist landscape by Robert Russ (1847-1922), a Dutch winter landscape by Claes Molenaer (1630-1676), a classical still-life painting by René Paresce (1886-1937), as well as extraordinary works of contemporary artists.

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Edward Cucuel
Edward Cucuel (San Fransisco, 1875 - Pasadena, 1954),
"Green Stockings", c. 1915. ("Die grünen Strümpfe")
Oil/canvas, signature in the bottom left. 100*96 cm.
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American impressionist Edward Cucuel became widely known thanks to his works depicting women. The artist studied the technique of old masters in Italy and France, subsequently moving to Germany, where he lived the bigger part of his life. His "Green Stockings", c. 1915, (estimated at € 38'100 - 57'140) will be presented at the upcoming auctions: one part of the proceeds from the sale will be sent to the Swiss Cancer League, while the other will be sent to the Kiwanis Club Zurich charity to contribute to youth musical education and advanced training.

Note:

  • The auction house extends their gratitude to Bernd Dürr for confirming the authenticity of the painting from a high-resolution photograph (December 15th, 2020).
  • The frame on the back contains the label "Josef Pfefferle artistic-commercial workshops Munich" (“Josef Pfefferle Kunstgewerbliche Werkstätte München”) and is numbered 7746.
Robert Russ
Robert Russ (Vienna, 1847 - Vienna, 1922),
"View of the Southern Coastline", c. 1910-11. ("Südliche Küstenlandschaft")
Oil/canvas, traces of a signature visible in the bottom right. 103.5*130 cm.
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"View of the Southern Coastline", c. 1910-11 (estimated at € 19'050 - 38'100) by Robert Russ is a formidable example of the Austrian impressionist's work, who stood out due to his traditional approach to painting, close to the old Dutch manner. Russ' seashore filled with sunlight is enthralling due to the lightness of the brush and, at the same time, its realism.

Note:

  • Canvas reinforced.

Provenance:

  • The painting remained in the same Swiss collection for 70 years.
Claes Molenaer
Claes Molenaer (Harlem, 1630 - Harlem, 1676),
"A Winter Landscape with Skaters on Ice in a Town",
("Winterlandschaft mit Eisläufern vor einer Stadt"),
Oil/canvas, signature in the bottom left. 70.5*94.5 cm.
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"A Winter Landscape with Skaters on Ice in a Town" (estimated at € 11'430 - 17'140) by Claes Molenaer belongs to the Golden Century era of Holland. The creative legacy of the artist is mainly represented by views of a winter town, which was the main theme of his works. Claes Molenaer was the brother of artists Jan Mienssen Molenaer and Bartholomeus Molenaer.

Note:

  • the painting is cropped and the canvas reinforced.

Provenance:

  • private collection, New York;
  • Sotheby's, January 1st, 1990, lot 63;
  • David Koetser Gallery, Zurich;
  • private collection, Zurich, acquired in the aforementioned gallery in 1990.
René Paresce
René Paresce (Geneva, 1886 - Paris, 1937),
"Still-Life Painting II", ("Nature morte II") 1921.
Oil/canvas, signature in the bottom left with the date XXI in Roman numerals.
Signature and title on the back. 64*80.5 cm.
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René Paresce approached the still-life theme from a post-Cubism perspective, as well as with a more classical style. The post-Cubist still-life painting is located in the collection of Lux Guyer, a famous Zurich architect and friend of the artist. An example of a classical still-life painting will be presented at the upcoming auction. In "Still-Life Painting II" (estimated at € 11'430 - 17'140), Paresce expertly combines contrasting tones - red and green apples are juxtaposed with bright pink flowers.

Note:

  • small sections of paint loss in the area of the flowers.
  • René Paresce archive (Archivio René Paresce) confirmed the authenticity of the painting (February 1st, 2021).

Provenance:

  • private collection, Switzerland.
Allegorie der Caritas
Unknown artist,
"An Allegory of Christian Love" ("Allegorie der Caritas").
Rome, start of the XVIII century. Canvas, oil. 94.5*126 cm.
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"An Allegory of Christian Love", Rome, start of the XVIII century. (estimated at € 6'670 - 8'570), by an unknown artist, shows a woman feeding a baby and surrounded by children, which in the European tradition is definitively associated with Christian love and compassion.

Note:

  • Canvas reinforced, signs of restoration.

Provenance:

  • Private collection, Switzerland.
Anton Winterlin
Anton Winterlin (Degerfelden, 1805 - Basel, 1894), attribution,
"View from the Village of Isenfluh of the Lauterbrunnental Valley and Mount Jungfrau"
("Blick von der Isenfluh gegen Lauterbrunnental und Jungfraumassiv")
Canvas, oil. 61*82 cm.
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The painting "View from the Village of Isenfluh of the Lauterbrunnental Valley and Mount Jungfrau" (estimated at € 5'710 - 8'570) is attributed to the brush of Swiss artist Anton Winterlin, known for his landscapes of nature and the cities of Switzerland.

Note:

  • Retouching on the lower left edge.

Provenance:

  • Private collection, Switzerland, Zug.
Orazio de Ferrari
Orazio de Ferrari (Voltri, 1606 - Genua, 1657),
"Esther and Ahasveros". ("Esther und Ahasveros")
Canvas, oil. 90.5*103 cm.
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"Esther and Ahasveros" (estimated at € 4'760 - 7'620) by Orazio de Ferrari shows a biblical scene in which the wife of Persian ruler Ahasveros asks her husband to save the Jewish people from the encroachment of Aman's courtier. Orazio de Ferrari is one of the most famous artists of Genovese Baroque. His style is characterised as "naturalistic Baroque".

Note:

  • The painting is cropped, canvas reinforcement, retouching.

Provenance:

  • Private collection, Switzerland.
Antoni Clavé
Antoni Clavé (Barcelona, 1913 - Saint Tropez, 2005),
"A Composition in Red and Black" ("Komposition in Rot und Schwarz").
Oil, gouache over lithography on canvas. C. 1962. 57*77 cm.
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"A Composition in Red and Black", c. 1962 (estimated at € 6'670 - 8'570), by one of the most influential Spanish artists Antoni Clavé, was painted by him while he was living in Paris. Works by Clavé form part of the collections of many museums of the world - in San Fransisco, London, Paris, Geneva, Tokyo, and others.

Note:

  • Signature in the bottom right corner.
  • Authenticity is confirmed by Antoni Clavé archives (Archive Antoni Clavé), Paris, February 2021.

Provenance:

  • Private collection, Switzerland.
Jiri Georg Dokoupil.
Jiri Georg Dokoupil (born in Krnov, 1954),
"An Image of Whip Strikes - Black on Gray" ("Peitschen Bild Schwarz auf Grau"), 2003.
Acryl on canvas. Title on the back, date, signature. 177*140 cm.
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"An Image of Whip Strikes - Black on Gray" (estimated at € 5'710 - 8'570) by Jiri Georg Dokoupil belongs to the series of paintings that the artist created in the period from 2002 and 2003 by striking a cowboy whip on a canvas, having first dipped the whip into a bucket of paint. Jiri Georg Dokoupil has developed more than a 100 artistic techniques and styles and has created more than 60 series of his works.

Note:

  • No frame.

Provenance:

  • Galerie Bruno Bischofberger, Zurich.
  • Private collection, Switzerland.
François Morellet.
François Morellet (Cholet, 1926 - Cholet, 2016),
"Scratch №18 D" ("Gratture no. 18 D"), 1986.
Scratchboard, acryl on plywood.
The back contains the number 86015D, the title, the date, and a signature. 25*25 cm.
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Originally, François Morellet's "Scratch №18 D" (estimated at € 5'710 - 7'620) was an addition to the special edition of French art historian Serge Lemoine's book "François Morellet" (Zurich, Waser Publishing House, 1986). 12 books were published altogether, all of them signed and numbered from 1 to 12 by the artist. Each painting is unique.

Note:

  • Does not come with the special edition.

Provenance:

  • Galerie Emmerich-Baumann, Zurich.
  • Private collection, Switzerland.

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