Theodor Baierl

The Fates,

c. 1924,

oil on panel


Theodor Baierl (German, 1881-1932), active in Munich

The Three Fates (Die Parzen)

circa 1924

signed lower right 'Theodor Baierl'

oil on panel

81 x 41cm 


Bruno Baierl, the artist's son

J. H. Hopwood, acquired 1938-1939, and thence by descent in his family to 1999

Peter Nahum at The Leicester Galleries, London, 2008


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, Birmingham, England; and Prins Eugen Waldemarsudde, Stockholm, Sweden

2001     Pre-Raphaelite, Symbolist, Visionary, an exhibition presented by Peter Nahum at The Leicester Galleries, International Fine Art Fair, 7th Regiment Armory, New York City, and Grosvenor House Art & Antiques Fair, London


1924       Richard Braungart, "Theodor Baierl," Die Kunst fuer Alle, No. 39, March 1924, pgs. 161-173, with full-page illustration at pg. 166.

2000       Ingrid Ehrhardt and Simon Reynolds, eds., Kingdom of the Soul: Symbolist Art in Germany, 1870-1920 (Munich and London: Prestel, 2000), cat. no. 95, full-page illustration at pg. 171.

2001     Peter Nahum and Sally Burgess, Pre-Raphaelite, Symbolist, Visionary (London: The Leicester Galleries, 2001), exhibition catalogue, cat. no. 58, full-page illustration at pg. 121.

Theodor Baierl regarded the present painting as his finest work.

This painting was the right-wing of a triptych entitled "The Three Ages of Life" ("Die Drei Lebensalter"), also known as "The Fall of Man."  The present whereabouts of the other two panels is unknown; however, a study of the entire triptych, in pencil, dated 1924, survives, appearing at auction in 2008 at Christie's London:

Compare Baierl's representation of the female nude in these two etchings, also in The Daulton Collection:
Theodor Baierl
"Vision der Liebe" ("Vision of Love")
signed in pencil lower right
numbered in pencil lower left: 2/100
The Daulton Collection
Theodor Baierl
"Frauen mit Kind" ("Women with Child")
32 x 42 cm
No. 14 of 50
signed, dated, numbered, and inscribed in pencil below
The Daulton Collection

Jack Daulton
The Daulton Collection
Los Altos Hills, California