Ferdinand Brütt - IN FRONT OF THE JUDGES - image-1

Lot 1567 Rα

Ferdinand Brütt - IN FRONT OF THE JUDGES

Auction 1002 - overview Cologne
17.11.2012, 00:00 - Old Masters and 19th Century (1000th Century)
Estimate: 30.000 € - 40.000 €
Result: 34.160 € (incl. premium)

Ferdinand Brütt


Oil on canvas. 80 x 115 cm.
F. Brütt. 03.

Verso most likely written by the artist himself: Vor den Richtern F. Brütt (Before the Judges) Exhibition Label Munich Glaspalast No. 1164 (year?)
In Germany, Brütt was possibly the first painter of both commercial and social life in stock exchanges, banks and law courts in the city. He was most successful with his court paintings in which he combined realistic aspects with the impressionistic tendencies of the time. This painting belongs to a series of court pictures that Brütt created in the 1890's, among which is the large-scale work "Die Stunde der Entscheidung im Gerichtssaal" (The Hour of Decision in the Court of Law) (100x140cm), dated 1892 and belonging to the Neue Pinakothek, Munich, since its purchase during the Glaspalast exhibition of the same year. The court paintings are based upon Brütt's jury duties and are well-observed documents of the time. His interests however are also directed towards purely aesthetic qualities such as the play of light in the interior and its artistic possibilities.
Ferdinand Brütt was born in Hamburg in 1849. After his schooling in Hamburg and Weimar, he settled in Düsseldorf in 1876 where he remained until 1898. During that year he joined the artistic community in Kronberg/Taunus.


Private collection, United States.