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Eisenschitz, Willy

Willy Eisenschitz „Côte d’Azur mit Blick auf das Meer, das Cap Bénat und die Îles d‘Or“


1889 Vienna – 1974 Paris

„Côte d’Azur with View of the Sea, the Cap Bénat and the Îles d’Or“
around 1935
lower right “W. Eisenschitz”
verso original artist’s label with signature and description “Willy Eisenschitz, Les Minimes, La Valette-du-Var, Paysage du Lavandou”, oil on board
23½×28¾ in

A unique, shimmering light, craggy cliffs, lush, varied vegetation, the brilliant blue Mediterranean Sea – for Austrian painter Willy Eisenschitz, the Côte d’Azur was the landscape of the soul. Born in 1889 in Vienna as the son of a well-to-do Jewish family of lawyers, by the time he reached the age of 23,
Eisenschitz had already moved to Paris to study. His intense exhibition activities on the hotly debated Paris gallery scene speaks to the high quality of the young painter’s works. Over the course of numerous study trips, Eisenschitz discovered his love for the south of France, and eventually moved with his family in 1927 to the former monastery “Les Minimes”, constructed around 1600, in La Valette du-Var, today a district in the city of Toulon. This new center of life granted him some of his happiest years, characterized by an exchange with a great many artists and full of joyful evenings of music. From his base at “Les Minimes”, Eisenschitz traveled to other villages and coastal towns in Provence, always on the search for new, fascinating motifs. One of those places was the small town of Le Lavandou on the Côte d’Azur, where several sections of unspoilt coastline could still be found. The lack of
geometric elements such as houses or streets and the rich abundance of plants, drenched in intense sunlight, inspired Eisenschitz to create this wonderful piece with an unusually vibrant color palette and soft, flowing forms.

illustrated in: P. Baum: Willy Eisenschitz, Neue Galerie der Stadt Linz 1999, p. 58.

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