Portrait of a German Officer of a Line Infantry Regiment, wearing a Saxon model pickelhaube with an eight pointed starburst, central wappen in silver, unsigned, early 20th century, unsigned, oil on paperboard with sgraffito, 27-1/2 x 24-7/8 in.; wood panel frame, 35 x 32-7/8 in.
Note: There is a facsimile of a document awarded by Kaiser Wilhelm II to Otto Schmidt, who served in an Infantry Regiment prior to becoming an famous aviator. This suggests that the sitter may be Schmidt in his infantry uniform.
This portrait can possibly be identified with the Art Nouveau movement by reference to the wallpaper and the technique of sgraffito that enjoyed a revival in the early 20th century. It bears a strong resemblance to work by Oskar Zwintscher (German, 1870?1916) working in the Jugendstil movement.
crackle, scattered retouch; frame with abrasions