Wilhelm Gdanietz, Interior Scene With Woman Peeling Potatoes

Wilhelm Gdanietz, Interior Scene With Woman Peeling Potatoes

A beautifully rendered oil on canvas depicting a woman peeling potatoes within a rustic interior. The colours are extraordinary and it’s painted superbly.

Wilhelm Gdanietz (1893-1969) led a difficult life but overcame the odds to become a very successful painter. At the age of two, he became deaf following a bout of scarlet fever, which led to him spending much of his childhood at a ‘deaf and dumb’ institution. During this time, he must’ve found great solace in his art as, by the age of 19, he gained access to the Academy in Düsseldorf.

His style was firmly rooted in the past and he was particularly inspired by the Dutch old masters. For a while, he moved to Holland where he ran a studio in Volendam. He produced many interior scenes during this period and his works gained popularity following museum exhibitions.

In 1930, he retired to Düsseldorf where he lived in a cottage decorated with Delft tiles and Dutch antiques. It seems that Holland remained close to his heart throughout his life.

The painting is signed in the lower right.

Medium: Oil on canvas
Overall size: 28” x 31½” / 70.5cm x 80cm
Year of creation: c. 1940
Provenance: Germany
Condition: Minor losses around the edges but otherwise in very nice condition.
Artist’s auction highlight: £1,486 achieved for ‘Great Achievement, a Volendam Fisherman completing a ship Model’ in 2004 at Christies.

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