Theodor Baierl (German, 1881-1932), active in
The Three Fates (Die Parzen)
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
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. 95, full-page illustration at pg. 171.
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: