‘Flieger’, An Early 20th Century Allegorical Coloured Lithograph by Hans Thoma
An Early 20th Century Allegorical Coloured Lithograph by Hans Thoma, German Dated 1916
Hans Thoma (1839-1924) was a German painter / lithographer who studied art under Johann Schirmer at the Dusseldorf Art Academy and later in Paris with the great French realist painter Gustave Courbet. Hans Thoma was a member of the Academy of Munich and became the Director of the Museum & Academy of Carlsrhue. He was also highly influential in the development of the German / Austrian Symbolist Movement as well as the German Expressionists period.
Titled ‘Flieger’ (Flier) and dated 1916, this original allegorical coloured lithograph was executed during the period of the 1st World War and illustrates the perils of war, as we observe the figures of Father Time and Death seated beside an hourglass as they patiently wait in the clouds for German airmen winging their way to their deaths.
Printed on woven paper with full margins, signed & dated within the image, stamped title in the lower right margin, publishers stamp (unknown) in the bottom left margin. A bright & fine impression with slight traces of foxing in the outer margins. Set within four archival acid-free mats within a later silver-patinated frame.
Framed dimensions: 25” x 27.5”. Sight dimensions: 15” high x 12” wide)
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