Status: 26/09/2023, 14:59 p.m.
By: Sebastian Reichert
Several times it says "Wow!" on "Bares für Rares" on ZDF to a picture of Fritz von Wille. © ZDF
Several times it says "Wow!" on "Bares für Rares" on ZDF to a picture of "Eifel painter" Fritz von Wille. Unfortunately, the painting is badly damaged. As a result, the image loses value.
Cologne - In the episode of the popular ZDF junk show "Bares für Rares" on Tuesday, September 26, with presenter Horst Lichter, Dr. Dorothea Elisabeth Schlüter from Kronberg im Taunus in Hesse brings a painting and a letter by Fritz von Wille for sale to the rolling mill in Pulheim near Cologne.
In the "Bares für Rares" dealer's room, a porcelain polar bear by Knud Kyhn and Bing & Grøndahl from Denmark had recently turned a dealer into a poet. David Suppes rhymed with joy after winning the bid for the piece from the Danish manufactory.
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But back to the painting by Fritz von Wille, whose owner, by the way, has been writing poetry since the age of 14. "My painting is very old, very rare and very valuable," says the 79-year-old saleswoman at the beginning. "Wow! Oh, it's a corner away from small," remarks Horst Lichter at the beginning of the expertise.
"I find the colors very interesting," adds the presenter, who immediately recommends that the pensioner publish a book with her poems. Art historian Colmar Schulte-Goltz from Essen also thinks this is a good idea. "That's what my father did, too. He always had a suitable gift."
Then the expert goes into detail about the painting and a letter from the painter about it. In it, Fritz von Wille writes that he painted the picture "Sunny Autumn Day" in 1917. The signed motif shows the Nonnenbachtal near Kerpen in the Eifel. The orthodontist's grandfather had bought the painting in 1918 for 3500 marks.
"Fritz von Wille was a highly sought-after painter at the beginning of the 20th century," explains Colmar Schulte-Goltz. Born in Weimar in 1860, Friedrich Gustav August Julius Philipp Rudolf von Wille came from a Hessian family that was ennobled in 1780. Fritz von Wille was one of the landscape painters of the Düsseldorf School of Painting.
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The "Bares für Rares" expert speaks of a great moment that the painter had when Kaiser Wilhelm II acquired what was probably the first version of the painting "The Blue Flower" at the Great Berlin Art Exhibition in 1908. "Since then, there has been a run on the artist," notes Colmar Schulte-Goltz.
Fritz von Wille's major works were created between 1890 and 1910. After spontaneous sketches from nature, he painted generously composed landscapes in his Düsseldorf studio. From 1885 Wille travelled regularly to the Eifel. He became the "Eifel painter." Since 1899 he had a second home there in the summer months. In 1911 he bought Kerpen Castle.
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In 1911, after a meeting with Kaiser Wilhelm II in Daun, he received the Order of the Red Eagle, IV class. After the First World War, however, hardly any remarkable compositions were written. Wille made numerous replicas that no longer had the quality of the first versions.
Due to inflation, Fritz von Wille lost his fortune and ran into considerable economic difficulties. He died on 16 February 1941 in his studio in Düsseldorf. The largest collection of his works is now in the "Fritz-von-Wille-Museum" in the cultural center "Haus Beda" in Bitburg.
The longer you look at it, the more beautiful it becomes.
Wolfgang Pauritsch, "Bares für Rares" dealer
About 100 paintings from all creative phases can be seen there, including two copies of the "Blue Flower". "In many parts, the painting of the surface has detached itself from the primer structure. That dampens the enthusiasm," says Colmar Schulte-Goltz, who speaks of a "post-impressionist manner" of the painter.
"Unfortunately, there are great painting losses," says the expert, referring to the lower edge of the picture and a place in the sky under the clouds where chipping can be seen. The painting had been painted relatively quickly. Therefore, it is not well preserved. Unfortunately, the attempt at restoration did not work well either. Colmar Schulte-Goltz estimates the value of the painting at 3500 and 3800 euros.
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In the "Bares für Rares" dealer's room, where Elisabeth Nüdling from Fulda and Susanne Steiger from Cologne are not present this time, but Fabian Kahl from Thuringia, Wolfgang Pauritsch from Oberstaufen is the first to examine the painting. "When it's finished, it's a real wow picture!" he says. "The longer you look at it, the more beautiful it becomes."
Thorsden Schlößner from Düren enters with a bid of 800 euros. "I don't give the picture for less than 3000 euros," emphasizes the saleswoman. "Then I'll have it restored myself." The dealer thinks about it, although he had previously set his pain threshold at 2000 euros - and buys the picture.