Brandung an der Küste von Spezia, ca. 1916
Oil on canvas, 81 x 133 cm
verso: on the stretcher inventory stamp "Privateigentum s. M. d. Kaisers Karl No. 4"; artist's house label "1917 Nr. 1244".
exh.: Spring exhibition Künstlerhaus Vienna 1917
publ.: M. Suppan 1991 WVZ 515, C. Suppan 2021 GE U41; cf. Künstlerische Angelegenheiten II/12/3

Provenance: The painting was bought by Emperor Karl for 3000 crowns during the spring exhibition 1917 at the Künstlerhaus Vienna. After his death the painting first came into the possession of Empress Zita, later it hung with her youngest daughter Elisabeth, a married Princess von und zu Liechtenstein at Waldstein Castle near Graz. The former empress spent the last years of her life mainly there. In 1974, the painting passed into private ownership in Graz via the Graz art trade.

Alfred Zoff (1852 - Graz - 1927) was an austrian post-impressionist landscape painter. The presentation of the moving elements of air and water was a favorite theme, especially among the Impressionists, in which they devoted themselves to the immediate realization of light and color impressions. The ideas of modern French painting were gradually taken up by the progressive colleges of academies in Central Europe. During his innumerable travels, Zoff often devoted himself to the coastal landscape, which had a high priority, especially in the painting of Austrian mood impressionism. For example, with his students Marie Egner, Carl Moll and Olga Wisinger-Florian, Emil Jakob Schindler undertook study trips to Istria, where numerous small-scale oil sketches were created after nature, which later formed the basis for larger oil paintings in the studio.

For the exhibition and the presentation of the monography ALFRED ZOFF - Die Faszination des Meeres click here.

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