German Artists Illustrating Boys' Fashions: Unknown Artists

Figure 1.--Here we see a portrait probably done in the 1920s or 30s. The H-bar pants and the boys face suggest Germany, but it could have been done in other European countries as well,

We have found some unidentified paintings that we believe were done by German artists. Here the clothes or background may provide valuable clues. Of course, there is no way of knowing for sure if they are paintings by German artists. Perhaps our readers will have some thoughts on the matter.

Unknown Artist (Germany, 1920s?)

This portrait of a boy was done gouche on paper. It is almost certainly European and we think probably German. It is undated, but we would guess was done in the 1920s or 30s. It is a skillfull portrait done in a realistic illustrative manner of head and torso of a young boy. I am not sure, but I think he is wearing H-bar shorts rather than Lederhosen. The face and hair are precisely done, rest of body loosely rendered with much unpainted surface. The painting is unsigned, but there is a symbol in the lower right hand corner w/ symbol that resembles a cross on top of heart. This is certainly the author's symbol, but we are unable to identify it.

Unknown Artist (Austria/Germany, 1911)

Here we have a portrait of a boy dressed in a fashionable sailor suit in 1911. We do not know who the artist was. One source thought it might be Austrian. We woyld guess the boy was either Austrian or German. There were of course many similarities between Austrian and German styles so without knowing the artist it probably is not possible to tell the difference. The artist is competent, but not a great master. The fact that the family had a painted portrait done suggests that the family was affluent, but probanly not rich because of the quality pf the portrit. The sailor suit is stylish, perhaps done in velvet. There are some interesting features to the sailor suit. The color painting in particular is helpful and almost all of our images are black and white.


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Created: 3:40 AM 12/8/2004
Last updated: 8:39 PM 3/24/2007