Karl Gussow

Portrait of Ossip Schubin,

1887,

oil on panel

 

 Karl Gussow (German, 1843-1907), sometimes Carl Gussow


"Portrait of the Writer Ossip Schubin," pseudonym for Aloisia (Lola) Kirschner

1887
oil on panel
69 x 53,5 cm
upper right signed, dated and inscribed "C. Gussow Brln. 1887"

Provenance:

Elisabeth (Lili) Kolisko, Wien (Jacquingasse 31, Wien III).  Lili Kolisko (1889-1976), a student of Rudolf Steiner, was an important figure in anthroposophy.

Viennese private collection

Exhibitions:

Berliner Akademische Kunstausstellung 1887.
Wiener Jubiläumsausstellung 1888.
Grosse Berliner Kunstausstellung 1904 (Ausstellungsetikett verso).

Literature:

Friedrich von Boetticher: Malerwerke des Neunzehnten Jahrhunderts. 1891-1901. Bd. 1. S. 459, Nr. 31.

Galerie Bassenge, Berlin (Auction 106K, Gemaelde Alter und Neuerer Meister, November 27, 2015, Lot 6214), catalogue cover photo
Loescher & Petsch, Berlin
Portrait of Ossip Schubin
vintage albumen photograph mounted on card (cabinet card)
1894 or earlier
The Daulton Collection

Ossip Schubin, born Aloisia Kirschner (1854-1934), was an Austrian novelist.  She was the younger sister of the glass artist and painter Marie Kirschner, whose glass works are found in The Daulton Collection, below.  

At age 33 (her age in Gussow's portrait of 1887), Scubin was already a celebrity, as evidenced by an autograph letter in The Daulton Collection dated 1886 in reply to a fan seeking an autograph:
Ossip Schubin (1854-1934)
autograph letter 
8 vo., 3pp. on a double leaf (only pages 2 and 3 shown above)
signed "Ossip Schubin"
dated 2 Oct. 1886, Prague
The Daulton Collection

A celebrity hesitantly giving an autograph to a fan

In reply to a woman, Ossip Scubin hesitantly provides a requested autograph: "Anbei das von Ihnen gewünschte Autograph. Wenn ich so lange gezögert es Ihnen zu senden so war's weil ich nicht recht einig mit mir werden konnte darüber ob ich Ihnen eine große Enttäuschung ersparen dürfe oder nicht". 

English translation (Jack Daulton): 

"Enclosed is the autograph you want.  If I hesitated for so long to send it to you, it was because I could not agree with myself about whether I could spare you a big disappointment or not". 


Marta Wolff,
Portrait of Ossip Schubin
dated unknown (but much later than Gussow's portrait)
vintage photograph postcard
The Daulton Collection
Adolf Neumann (German, 1825-1884)
Portrait of Karl Gussow
wood engraving after a photograph
1881
a periodical leaf
The Daulton Collection

Contact:
Jack Daulton
The Daulton Collection
Los Altos Hills, California
info@symbolismus.com