Hugo Mieth, Five Minutes Rest

Hugo Mieth, Five Minutes Rest

An early 20th-century oil on canvas depicting a seated gentleman reading a newspaper while two ladies look on from a distance. We can only wonder what the story is here - perhaps they’re wondering who he is.

The artist, Hugo Mieth (1865-1930), trained at the Academy in Dresden under Wilhelm Ferdinand Pauwels (1830-1904) and later at the illustrious Académie Julian in Paris. Like many academy-trained painters from this period, Mieth had the best of both worlds - a classical education based on the old masters, blended with the new ideas of the emerging avant-garde.

Imagine how exciting it was for him when he moved to Paris at a time when the impressionists were in full swing.

This painting is a nod to both schools - it’s traditional in terms of its subject yet impressionistic in style.

Here’s another work by Mieth, ‘Le Cabanon’, which sold at Christie's in 2000:

Medium: Oil on canvas
Overall size: 29” x 36” / 73cm x 92cm
Year of creation: c. 1910
Provenance: Germany
Condition: Very presentable. Frame with some general wear.
Artist’s auction highlight: £2,606 achieved for ‘Garden Of A Villa’ at a German auction in 1998.

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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