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 Gaisser, Max (German painter, 1857-1922) , The Connoisseur

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Title The Connoisseur
Collection Angus Council Cultural Services Division
Artist Gaisser, Max (German painter, 1857-1922)
Date Earliest probably about 1880
Date Latest probably about 1887
Signed yes
Description A cardinal is seated at a table in a rich interior filled with antique furniture and precious objects, such as a portable triptych, a monstrance, a crucifix, a ship model hanging from the ceiling, and leather-bound books. He is admiring a small statue of the Virgin Mary, while an antiquarian and a second ecclesiastic look on. The painting reveals the artist's interest in Dutch interior scenes of the seventeenth century. Max Gaisser specialised in interiors with figures (hunters, connoisseurs, churchmen or merchants) gathering around a table. This painting is a variation on Beim Kunsthändler (private collection).
Current Accession Number A.1978.159
Former Accession Number PA1984/1644
Inscription front lr 'Max Gaisser'; back, stamp, '20 K'
Subject interior; figure; still life
Measurements 51 x 71 cm (estimate)
Material oil on canvas (laid on board)
Acquisition Details Bequeathed by Alfred Sim 1966.
Publications Ludwig, H., Münchner Maler im 19. Jahrhundert , Munich, 1981, vol. 1, p. 389; Bénézit, E., Dictionnaire des peintres sculpteurs dessinateurs et graveurs, Paris, 1999, vol. 5, p. 811.
Notes Labels on back: ul: 'Angus District Museums Fine Art Collection Title: - The Connoisseur Artist: - Max Gaisser Date: - Medium: - Oil Dimensions: - 51 cm x 71 cm Donor: - Alfred Sim Acc. No: - A. 1978. 159'; 'From Arbroath Public Library Hill Terrace. Arbroath, Angus, Gaisser, Max, b. Munich 22. 6. 1957, The Connoisseur. Bequeathed by Mr. Alred Sim, 21 Broadlands Road Highgate, London, n. 6. January 1966; uc: 'The Coinnoisseur Oil on canvas Max Gaisser (1857-1922) Bequeathed by Mr. Alfred Sim, London'; lc, remains of a label: 'Frost & Reed, Bristol, Clare Street London 26 King Street St. James W. W. 1 [illegible] Publishers Picture Reparation Date'; '39[;]; lr: 'Adrian Brugger 53 x 59 [K]; 'JR'.
Rights Owner Angus Council Cultural Services Division
Author Dr Claudia Heide



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