The German artist Hans Hemmen most probably painted this image from 1952 in Italy, to where he moved in 1950. Hans Hemmen presents a medieval scene depicting a young blond prince surrounded by his counsel. One of them on the right has portrait-like traits and is presumably a self-portrait of the artist.
The painting is signed and dated ‘Hemmen 52’ lower left. The cardboard is laid down on hardboard. A strip of about 5.5 cm has been added on the upper border. The painting shows craquelure in places. Framed it measures 99 x 77.5 cm. The hardboard measures 86.5 x 65.5 cm.
Hans Hemmen (1888-1956)
Only at the end of his working life, Hans Hemmen, born 1888 in Wilhelmshaven, turned towards his artistic disposition. In 1950 - after World War II and a career as diplomat - Hemmen lived in Italy for a couple of years, where he became pupil of Arturo Checchi. Although his creative period only lasted a few years, a multitude of landscape paintings, portraits and nudes originated during this time. The painter found his predominately colorful and expressive motifs in Tuscany and Rome. In 2003, his works were exhibited in a retrospective at the Künstlerhaus Jan Oeltjen. (lez)