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on Oct 25, 2020 in | Comments Off on Rudolf Alfred Hoger

An antique early 20th century oil on canvas painting by Austrian Rudolf Alfred Hoger (1877 – 1930) measuring approximately 17 7/8 x 13 1/8 inches in a modern frame measuring approximately 21 1/2 x 17 1/8 inches. Excellent relined condition as pictured.

Rudolf Alfred Hoger (12 February 1877 – November 1930) was an Austrian painter of genre art and war art. Hoger was born in Pronitz, Moravia. Little is known about his life. It seems likely that, during World War I, he was a member of the group for art in the k.u.k. Kriegspressequartier[de], the empire’s press agency for war news, at least from 1914 to 1917. During this time, he created many works which are now in the collection of the Heeresgeschichtliches Museum, mostly oil paintings on theEastern Frontand theBalkan Front. He died in Vienna. Hoger painted genre art with nostalgic topics, such as Das Hofkonzert(The concert at court), arococoscene, a late nineteenth-century or early twentieth-century painting of listening to chamber music in the eighteenth century. The artist based its details on possibly older paintings and not a work from direct experience of the period in which the events took place. Also other pictures by his hand represent a time era that already had passed, like Frhliche Sangesrunde mit einer Donaulandschaft (Happy round of singers with a landscape on the Danube), a scene that did not originate in the period being depicted, but some years before, a denial of the artist’s own timea wish to escape from it by retreating into fantasy. Other paintings depict historical scenes, or everyday life scenes from a time not actually in the artist’s experience, like Hausmusik (Music at home), Der Vorleser (The recitator), Picknick in Drnstein, Frhliche Gesellschaft in den Wachauer Weinbergen (Happy gathering in the vinyards of the Wachau) and Im Maien (In May). He also painted contemporary scenes at the turn of the 19/20th century; such as Beim Heurigen in Grinzing (At the Heurigerin Grinzing), Markttag (A day at the market), Gaudeamus Igitur and Obstmarkt in Venedig (Fruit market in Venice). Rudolf Alfred Hoger painted landscapes and also chose biblical topics such as Susanne und die beiden Alten (Susanna and the two elders).