Huf, Fritz: Cubist Portrait – SOLD


An immensely stylish and rare lithograph from Fritz Huf’s cubist period in the late 1940s, signed, dated and unframed. The border to the print is slightly discoloured through age, but this does not affect the body of the work or its impact.

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Artist: Fritz Huf, 1888-1970

Title and date: Cubist Portrait, 1947

Size: 20.3 x 13.3 cms.

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Artist description:

The Swiss artist Fritz Huf worked as a painter and graphic artist but is best known as a sculptor. After initial success in Frankfurt, he moved to Berlin where he lived from 1914–24 producing numerous busts of well-known the city. His most famous works, which established his reputation, are portraits of the poet Rainer Maria Rilke, the artist Max Liebermann, the statesman Walter Rathenau and the actor Eleonore Duse. From 1921-1923, he shared a studio with Hermann Haller and Ernesto de Fiori. In 1924, at the height of his success, Huf moved to Paris where he made his first, small, non-figurative sculptures strongly influenced by the work of Constantin Brancusi. Stimulated by contacts with artists such as Picasso, Mirò, Arp, Braque and Delaunay, he turned to contemporary art, and in 1934, he became a member of the Abstraction Création group of artists.

He returned to Lucerne in 1940 dividing his time between Switzerland and Italy. After researching cubist and post-cubist art, he developed his own abstract language in the second half of the 1940s. With a reserved nature, Fritz Huf escaped the attention of critics, until in 1962 the Kunstmuseum in Lucerne dedicated an exhibition to him and in 1969 the Kunsthaus in Zurich held a major retrospective.