This Piece Has
Untitled (Couple, Seated with Cactus) Original Ink and Gouache
This is an original mixed media work by Rudolf Bauer utilizing ink and
gouache on wove paper. In the work, an upper class German couple exchanges a knowing glance at each other. The image
of the cactus in the background hints at what they are both thinking. The piece is signed by the artist in ink lower right.
This work comes from the late 1920's, a period that saw Bauer producing works that combine caricature
and an art deco style. Works from this time were done with an elegance that was not present in his earlier caricature work
of the 1910-1915 period. Bauer subsequently moved into more abstract work in the 1930's and was instrumentally involved
with Hilla Rebay in the founding of the Guggenheim. At one time Solomon Guggenheim owned over 300 works by Bauer.
The image area occupies the entire sheet, and is 18-3/8 inches H x 9-3/4 inches W (47 cm x 25 cm). The sheet is floated
on a white background. The piece is simply, yet elegantly framed
in black moulding, with gold filet and contrasting white matting. It is covered in UV-resistant acrylic. Frame size is 27-3/4
inches H x 19 inches W (71 cm x 48 cm). No evidence of prior framing.