ATTRIBUTED TO ALOYS ZÖTL (1803-1887)

 

Drawing of a White Gibbon

 

Graphite and gouache on paper, 358 x 500 mm

 

Provenance:

Private collection, Belgium

 

Note:

Aloys Zötl is notable for his paintings and drawings of fantastical animals

and other natural history subjects. Depicted here is quite possibly a White Gibbon, but in a fantastic way.

Decades after his death in 1887, Zötl’s work was re-discovered by surrealist André Breton, who recognized a surrealist aesthetic in it. Breton wrote: "Lacking any biographical details about the artist, one can only indulge one’s fantasies in imagining the reason which might have induced this workman from Upper Austria, a dyer by profession, to undertake so zealously between 1832 and 1887 the elaboration of the most sumptuous bestiary ever seen."

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