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Femme Enceinte Assise (1919)

WALTER SAUER (1889-1927)

Crayon on paper; signed, monogrammed and dated bottom right
Newly-framed as pictured

55cm x 57cm in the frame

£5,500


Walter Sauer was a prolific and ambitious artist despite a life afflicted with illness and sorrow. Born in Saint-Gilles, Brussels to German parents, Sauer’s childhood was tainted by chronic lung problems and the death of his young sister. Unable to play outside like other children, he spent his early years in the family library poring over art history books. Sauer was influenced by several teachers in his life, most notably the Symbolist artists Emile Fabry, Jean Delville and Constant Montald. Due to the outbreak of World War I and the increasingly fragile state of his health, Sauer gradually stopped painting around 1916 and devoted himself to drawing. He turned his artistic focus to the female figure, which he approached with an exceptionally astute and nuanced subjectivity. In 1923 Sauer was internationally recognized at numerous important exhibitions, including the first edition of the Mostra Internazionale delle Arti Decorativa in Milan, the fifth edition of the Salon des Sculpteurs et Peintres de Figures, and at the Cercle Artistique et Littéraire, both in Brussels. Walter Sauer’s work has been offered at auction multiple times, the record price being $19,674 USD for Woman in a Turban, sold at Lempertz, Cologne in 2021. 


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