Germann Auctionhouse Zurich
Lot 201 / Swiss Folk Art, Naïve Art and Outsider ArtTuesday, 08 June 2021, 06:00 pm

Aemisegger-Giezendanner Anna B., Weidende Kühe vor Toggenburgerhaus

Lot 201

Aemisegger-Giezendanner Anna B., 1831-1905 (CH)

Weidende Kühe vor Toggenburgerhaus

Watercolor, india ink pen and opaque white on paper.
H 330 mm W 460 mm.

Dated above barn door: 1865.
(Frame).

*CHF5'000 / 8'000
*EUR4'600 / 7'400
*USD5'600 / 9'000

Hammer Price: CHF 22'000

Provenance:
Swiss Property.

Annotations:
We would like to thank Dr. Hans Büchler for his kind scientific advice cataloguing the artwork.

Information about the artist

Anna Barbara Aemisegger-Giezendanner (1831-1905) invites us to imerse in an idealised view of rural life around 150 years ago. «S'Giezedanners Babeli», as the artist was popularly called at the time, lost her husband at an early age and subsequently had to earn the family's living alone as a widow with three children. Since hand weaving was not profitable enough, she trained herself to become a master in drawing and painting peasant motifs. Numerous farmers commissioned her to portray their pride and joy, meaning their farm, garden, livestock and family, and Babeli Giezendanner kept her head above water with her art commissions. A very beautiful result of such a trade is the work 'Weidende Kühe vor Toggenburgerhaus' (Cows grazing in front of a Toggenburg House). The ork of art depicting a farmhouse, a well-tended garden and contented cows is created with the greatest care and richness of detail and takes us back to a past era, to a countryside idyll to dream about.

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