Karl Wilhelm Diefenbach

Asking the Stars,

1895, oil on canvas

 

Karl Wilhelm Diefenbach (1851-1913)

"Asking the Stars"

oil on canvas

1895

60 x 45 cm 

signed and dated (incised) lower left: "K. W. Diefenbach 1895"

 

Publication History:


Claudia Wagner, Der Kuenstler Karl Eilhelm Diefenbach (1851-1913), Meister und Mission, diss. 2007, Werkkatalog, pg. 25, W.K Nr. 3.27 and 3.28.

 

Looking for answers in the sublime nature of the infinite universe: “Asking the Stars,” by Karl Wilhelm Diefenbach.


With his long hair, bare feet, flowing robes, and  revolutionary ideas, Karl Wilhelm Diefenbach (1851-1913) was a counterculture figure of late 19th-century Germany.  Naturist, vegetarian, pacifist, and utopian-commune founder, Diefenbach was also one of the most distinctive and visionary German artists in the symbolist idiom.  This painting, “Asking the Stars,” presents one of his recurrent motifs.

 
For a relatively brief but significant period, Diefenbach’s followers included the young artist Fidus (Hugo Höppener), upon whom Diefenbach was a profound influence.

In the Daulton Collection, there are 12 oil paintings by Diefenbach, constituting the largest collection in the USA. 

Contact:

Jack Daulton

The Daulton Collection

Los Altos Hills, California

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