Fritz Heider

Stormy Landscape With Turbulent Clouds

Fritz Heider

Stormy Landscape With Turbulent Clouds

This early 20th-century oil painting by German artist Fritz Heider (1868-1933) depicts a rugged landscape with storm clouds.

Earthy tones laid down in broad horizontals break to reveal a channel of light. The sun, wrapped in a turbulent swirl of clouds, emanates from behind cover. On the right, the dark form of a tree in near silhouette cuts into view. Its forceful branches comparable to an explosion. While in the distance, the horizon appears between layers of daubed foliage.

Little is known about Fritz Heider, which is surprising given his accomplished expressive style. There was a Fritz von Heider (1868-1933) who was born in the same year but the two appear to be unconnected.

A fascinating mood-filled piece.

Signed lower right and framed.

Medium: Oil on wood
Overall size: 25” x 17” / 64cm x 43cm
Year of creation: c. 1910
Provenance: Private collection, Germany
Condition: Artwork presents well. Fine craquelure but the paint is stable. Frame with some light wear.

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