The Triumph of Amphitrite

Gavin Claxton

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The Triumph of Amphitrite


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‘The Triumph of Amphitrite’ By Alexander Rothaug 1870–1946.

The painting – which depicts the sea chariot of the Greek Goddess Amphitrite and her retinue of Hippocampi, Nereids, and Tritons – is signed by the artist and presented in a newly commissioned gold metal leaf frame.

The nymph Amphitrite was chosen by the sea God Poseidon to be his queen and is traditionally depicted in art (as here) surrounded by her sisters the Nereids and the fish-tailed Tritons, followers of her husband Poseidon.

All our paintings are sold in the finest condition they can be for their age having been professionally cleaned, conserved and re-varnished. Clients should also note that tracked and signed for international shipping is complimentary.

Alexander Rothaug trained at the Vienna Academy of Fine Arts with the great Orientalist painter Leopold Carl Müller (1834-1892), winning the Lampi Prize in 1888 and the Golden Füger Medal the following year. In 1892 he moved to Munich where he would form his own unique style which blended his neoclassical training and ancient Greco-Roman themes with Vienna Secessionism, a fondness for Rubens, and the romantic Symbolism of his friend Gustav Klimt (1862-1918) and the German ‘painter prince’ Franz von Struck (1863-1928).

In 1898 Rothaug exhibited at Emperor Franz Joseph’s Jubilee Exhibition in Vienna and began a long association with the Glaspalast in Munich and the Great Art Exhibitions in Berlin. From 1909 his work was hung annually at the Künstlerhaus exhibitions alongside those of his contemporaries Gustav Klimt and Egon Schiele (1890-1818).

Further reading: ‘A German Art Master – A Little Address to the Painter Alexander Rothaug’ by Arthur Roessler (1934).

Dimensions: (framed) 100cm x 132cm (39” x 52”)

Dimensions: (canvas only) 78cm x 111cm (30” x 43”)

Medium: Oil on canvas.

Provenance: Private UK collection.

Presentation: Newly commissioned gold metal leaf frame. All of the new frames we commission are especially made for us to order by one of the UK’s top period frame makers.

Condition: Good. Newly professionally cleaned, restored, and re-varnished. Ready to hang.


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