This is a highly decorative and colorful original watercolor painting on thick paper by the well-listed Viennese Secessionist Rudolf Petrik (1922-1991), depicting a typical Austrian village. It is artist signed and dates back to the 1940s.
A colorful painting from Rudolf Petrik's naturalistic phase in which he often experimented with nature settings. Stretching out behind colorful fields we see a picturesque village with a pretty church. On the backside the sketch of a male portrait can be detected - another field of painting in which Petrik often worked at that time.
Rudolf Petrik studied at the Vienna Academy of Fine Arts under Professor Josef Dobrowsky and Robin Christian Andersen. He was a member of the Vienna Secessionists - the famous Austrian Artist Association founded by Gustav Klimt in 1897. Only the most outstanding academic painters were entitled to join the Vienna Secession.
Rudolf Petrik is a listed artist at Artprice, I found auction results of more than $4.500.00. Already in his life time he was appreciated by connoisseurs and collectors - main works of Rudolf Petrik are to be found in public museums like the "Oesterreichische Galerie" and the "Neue Galerie" in Linz as well as in excellent private collections.
COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: Austria.
ARTIST: Rudolf Petrik (1922 - 1991).
MARKS: Artist's signature "R. Petrik" in the lower right corner. On the back we find the sketch of a male portrait as well as the estate mark with the catalogue of works numbering "240/45".
MATERIAL: Watercolor on thick paper.
MANUFACTURING TECHNIQUE: Fine hand painting.
CONDITION: Good ORIGINAL as found condition with some abrasions, pinholes and marks along the edges. NO RESTORATION!
SIZE: Size is 19.2 x 15.2 inches.
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