Herbert Ludwig

Interior With Sculptures

Herbert Ludwig

Interior With Sculptures

This early 20th-century oil painting by German artist Herbert Ludwig (1901-1976) depicts a plush interior with sculptures.

Within this symphony of blue, broken by warm light, there’s an artist working with spirit. Undeterred by convention, painting from the heart - painting himself. Statues contort and twist under a heavy gilt frame, while a small writing desk stands illuminated. Ludwig was 21, at the start of his career, excited by emerging philosophies.

Could it be his parents’ home? Or perhaps a room at the Academy? Often artists studied sculptures to improve their draughtsmanship. Either way, he’s surrounded by inspiration.

In the early 1920s, art in Germany was evolving as creatives sought to express a mood rather than simply a likeness alone. Amid the advent of expressionism, Ludwig painted an otherwise gentle interior with a poignant edge. There’s underlying tension within its dark evocative beauty.

Signed/dated lower left and held within its original gilt frame.

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Medium: Oil on canvas
Overall size: 16½” x 20” / 42cm x 51cm
Year of creation: 1922
Condition: Artwork presents well. Frame with some light wear.

Conservation & History

We care profoundly about our role as custodians and every piece in the collection has been assessed by our conservator. When required, we undertake professional restoration carefully using reversible techniques and adopt a light touch to retain the aged charm of each work. We also restore frames rather than replace them as many are original and selected by the artists themselves.

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