“The Chess Game”
A fine oil on canvas painting by Otto Erdmann (1834-1905) entitled “The Chess Game” depicting people dressed in fine clothes in an interior playing chess.
Some other examples of works by this artist are included at the end of the photos.
Frame: Presented in a giltwood frame.
Signature: Lower left and dated 1901.
Provenance: Van Ham Art Auctions, Cologne, 14 Nov 2019, Lot #1035 (see last photo). German Private Collection.
Condition: Painting and frame are both in excellent condition with no re-touching visible under a blacklight. The painting has been lined.
Measurements: Painting measures 78 x 56cm and the overall frame 92 x 70cm.
Biography: Otto Wilhelm Eduard Erdmann (1834 – 1905) was a German genre painter in the Rococo Revival style.
His father was the chemist, Otto Linné Erdmann. He began his artistic education at the Leipziger Akademie and later attended the Dresden Academy of Fine Arts, followed by the Academy of Fine Arts, Munich, where he studied with the genre painter, Ludwig von Hagn. In 1858, he settled in Düsseldorf, where he began to specialize in Rococo Revival paintings, largely set in a light-hearted court environment.
He was a member of the artists’ association, “Malkasten”, and sat on its board of directors for many years. He was also an amateur actor. In 1898, he was awarded the Order of the Red Eagle. In addition to his paintings, he created illustrations; notably for the inaugural edition of the Belgian journal, L’Illustration Européenne in 1870.