Presented for sale is a 19th century watercolor and gouache en grisaille illustration depicting a scene in an apple orchard of a young woman sitting on a bench. She is clasping her hand on her breast and being comforted by a Monk. In the background is a man in buckskins and a group of young people picking apples. The illustration is signed and illegibly titled in the lower margin.
The illustration is by German artist Max Francis Klepper (1861 – 1907.) He was born in Zeitz, Germany and immigrated to the United States in 1876. He lived in Logansport, Indiana where he first exhibited at an art show and specialized in landscapes. He attended art school in New York and in Munich from 1887 to 1889 where he developed an interest in painting horses and other animals. Returning to the United States he exhibited at the Art Institute of Chicago and contributed illustrations for many well-known publications. He depicted scenes from the Civil War, the Spanish-American War, and the Boer War as well as several well-known books. His illustration art has become most collectible.
The illustration is in excellent condition having been recently reframed and re-matted with a conservation glass cover.
Size of Frame: 32 ½" Height by 24" Width
Size of Image: 22 ½" Height by 14" Width.
Watercolor and Goauche en Grisaille by Max Francis Klepper