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Max Peiffer Watenphul

Ischia, Spiaggia degli Inglesi

oil on canvas
1937
60,5 x 75,5 cm / 23 7/8 x 29 3/4 in.
signed with initials lower left

Peiffer-Watenphul's love for Italy was born during the nine months he spent at the Villa Massimo in Rome as the recipient of the Rome Prize. After many of his works had been confiscated from German museums, and some of them had been presented in the exhibition "Degenerate Art", the artist decided to move to Italy, to the island of Ischia. There he met several other artists, among them Werner Gilles, Hans Purrmann, and Eduard Bargheer. The southern light and the mediterranean atmosphere inspired Peiffer-Watenphul to create beautiful watercolours and paintings, which could only have been created in Italy, where at that time the artists were still able to devote themselves to their work without fear.

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