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Johann Conrad Seekatz (1719-1768) "Angling boys", oil on canvas, unknown version!!, ca.1760

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We acquired this painting via telephone bidding at the December 14th 2013 sale of the auction house "Hotel des Ventes de Bretagne Atlantique", Quimper, department Finistére, region Bretagne, France (see our image nr.8). Our decision to buy this work was based on a single photograph of poor quality that was available in the online catalogue. In spite of this painting's clearly erroneous title "Ecole Flamande Fin 18éme", we immediately recognized both subject and composition typical for German, 18th-century artist Johann Conrad Seekatz and assumed that this is none other than a work of one of the latter's follower (the current antique market is overflown with similar works, many of which, in light of this artist's great popularity, were painted still during his lifetime).
Thus, upon painting's receipt, we were very pleasantly surprised to discover its truly supreme quality and to realize that we came across an ABSOLUTELY AUTHENTIC WORK OF SEEKATZ.
Moreover, quite soon after consulting Seekatz' Catalogue raisonné, we discovered two of his works of the same subject: one - a study titled "Fischende Knaben ("Fishing boys"; Cat. No. 221) and the second - a finished painting "Angelnde Knaben" ("Angling boys", Cat. No. 241)). The first one was quite obviously made as a preparatory study (see our image nr.) for the second. Ernst Emmerling, the author of the Catalogue raisonné, also mentioned the existence of several (personally he was aware of the two aforementioned works) versions of the painting "Angling Boys" (Cat. No. 234). Before WWII the latter version was housed in Magdeburg Museum (Germany); today its whereabouts is unknown (see our images nr.9-11).
We would like to make a quick note at once: Our version, which had resurfaced in Bretagne, is in no way the lost Magdeburg painting, for their sizes are entirely different!!.

Johann Conrad Seekatz (1719 Grünstadt - 1768 Darmstadt) began his studies with his elder brother, painter Johann Ludwig Seekatz. Later, between 1748-1751, he was a pupil of Ph. H. Brinckmann in Mannheim and - from April 1753 - worked as a court artist in Darmstadt. He often traveled to Frankfurt a. M., where he had good friends: J.A.B. Nothnagel and Goethe's father, Johann Caspar Goethe. As we learn from the biographical article about Seekatz from Thieme-Becker (see our image nr.11), his works can be viewed in virtually all major museums of Germany and abroad.

Our images nr.12-23 show a number of other works of Johann Conrad Seekatz.

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Condition: good; in magnificent, 19th-century frame; re-mounted in early 19th century onto newer French stretcher

Creation Year: ca 1760

Measurements: UNFRAMED:36,5x28,3cm/14,4x11,1in FRAMED: 62,0x53,8cm/24,4x21,2in

Object Type: Framed oil painting

Style: Old Master paintings

Technique: oil on canvas

Inscription: -

Creator: Johann Conrad Seekatz
To see other works by this artist click on the name above!

Creator Dates: 1719 Grünstadt-1768 Darmstadt

Nationality: German


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