Girl with flowerbranch ca. 1900-1905

Bust portrait of a young woman with bared breast in profile left, in front of a river landscape. She holds in her left hand a branch of flowers, on which two butterflies are sitting. The young woman wears only a white cape cloth, which exposes her upper body. Her reddish-brown hair is pinned up, on it a small richly decorated cap. In the background wide river landscape, on the shore willows and deciduous trees, sky and clouds in the golden morning light.

Oil on wood 60 x 47 cm
Signature John Q. Ɑdams
Unknown private collection


This small-format study is identified as an early work by Adams, probably painted before 1905, based on the subject, the "client-friendly" (i.e. small) format, and the signature. It shows clear influences of Jugendstil (girl, flowering branch) as well as influences of Viennese Mood-Impressionism (landscape background). The painting, like similar early works intended for sale, was never exhibited and is documented only through art auctions.

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Provenance

Unknown.
Auktionshaus Zeller, Deutschland Auktion 20.4.2006 (not sold).
Dorotheum Graz Auktion 4.12.2008 Lot 58 (not sold).
Unknown private collection.

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