Rudolf Jettmar

Self-Portrait

1896

oil on canvas

 

Rudolf Jettmar (Austrian, 1869-1939)

 

"Self-Portrait"

 

1896/1930-31

oil on canvas, framed

approx. 53 x 39 cm

signed, dated 96, and inscribed "Rom," bottom center left

Conserved by Andrea Rothe (formerly, Getty Museum) and Jeanne McKee-Rothe (formerly, Norton Simon Museum).

 

 

PROVENANCE

 

Jettmar’s Self-Portrait (1896) was in his estate (Nachlass) upon his death, from which it passed to his son the noted anthropologist Karl Jettmar (1918-2002) and then within the family in Baden-Württemberg until its sale at Karl & Faber Kunstauktionen, Munich, on June 5, 2014 (Auction 256, Lot 522).

 

EXHIBITIONS

 

1975                Rudolf Jettmar, Ostdeutsche Galerie, Regensburg, Germany

 

1978-79           Rudolf Jettmar, Kurpfälzisches Museum, Heidelberg, Germany

 

2000                SeelenReich – Die Entwicklung des deutschen Symbolismus 1870-1920 [Kingdom of the Soul – Symbolist Art in Germany 1870-1920], Schirn Kunsthalle, Frankfurt am Main, Germany; Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery, England; and Prins Eugens Waldemarsudde, Stockholm, Sweden

 

2013                Dekadenz – Positionen des österreichischen Symbolismus [Decadence – Aspects of Austrian Symbolism], Belvedere, Vienna, Austria

 

LITERATURE

 

1975                Rudolf Jettmar (Regensburg: Ostdeutsche Galerie, 1975), cat no.23, illustrated on catalogue cover and at p.44.

 

1984                Hans H. Hofstätter, Rudolf Jettmar (Vienna: Tusch, 1984), illustrated at p. 57; the catalogue raisonne.

 

1992                Annalia Delneri, et al., Simbolismo Secessione -- Jettmar ai confine dell’Impero, (Gorizia: Castello di Gorizia, 1992), illustrated at p. 31.

 

2000                Ingrid Ehrhardt and Simon Reynolds, eds., SeelenReich – Die Entwicklung des deutschen Symbolismus 1870-1920 (Munich, London, and New York: Prestel, 2000), cat. no. 159, illustrated in catalogue at p. 273.  English edition: Kingdom of the Soul – Symbolist Art in Germany 1870-1920.

 

2013                Dekadenz – Positionen des österreichischen Symbolismus (Vienna: Belvedere, 2013), illustrated in catalogue at p. 57 and p.159.  English edition: Decadence – Aspects of Austrian Symbolism.




                       "His self-portrait is thoroughly influenced by the tradition of academic historicism, but goes beyond that and shows a very intimate image of his artistic and personal nature. The image can be captured in three levels: the front level, which shows the artist in his physical presence, the back level, which represents his intellectual creativity, and a third level, which results from a horizontal division of the background. This third level, completely dipped in black, symbolizes the dark soul of the artist. It is interesting how he presents this division not only in composition but also in the use of light. So his face in the lower area, especially around the mouth, is illuminated, but his eyes and forehead are in the dark and moved back into the background. An indication of this worldly and otherworldliness can be found in the image frieze depicting the ages and the passing of beauty and life. An incredibly exciting, impressive and symbolically charged portrait of a doubt-filled artist."



                   

Compare and contrast Jettmar's Portrait of the Artist's Wife, Irma Jettmar of 1912 and his Mädchenkopf im Profil (Portrait of a Woman in Profile) of 1892, both also in The Daulton Collection:
Rudolf Jettmar
Portrait of the Artist's Wife, Irma Jettmar (Second Portrait)
1912
oil on canvas
50 x 40 cm
signed, inscribed, and dated upper right: "Rudolf Jettmar, Weihnachten 912" [Christmas (1)912]
The Daulton Collection

PROVENANCE


Estate of the artist; thence by descent in his family in Baden-Württemberg.


LITERATURE

 

1984                Hans H. Hofstätter, Rudolf Jettmar (Vienna: Tusch, 1984), Ö75; the catalogue raisonne.

Rudolf Jettmar

Mädchenkopf im Profil (Portrait of a Woman in Profile)

oil on canvas

1892

48 x 39 cm

monogrammed, dated, and inscribed upper right: Weinachten (sic) [Christmas] 92 Karlsruhe

The Daulton Collection


PROVENANCE


Estate of the artist; thence by descent in his family in Baden-Württemberg.


LITERATURE

 

1984                Hans H. Hofstätter, Rudolf Jettmar (Vienna: Tusch, 1984), Ö8; the catalogue raisonne.






 


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The Jack Daulton Collection
Los Altos Hills, California
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