21st Century Gallery
Original pen and ink drawing 'Circus elephants and horse 1951'. By Helmut Petzsch 1920-2008. Initialled and dated 51.
REF: 2588 / LA339624
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This lovely pen and ink sketch was a working drawing for one of his 2 Scottish Royal Academy oils in 1951. Helmut Petzsch was born in Berlin in 1920 and his family escaped persecution at the hand of the Nazi’s by moving to Scotland in 1933. Like a a great many German families they were interned at the start of the war on the Isle of Man. They were soon released and returned to Edinburgh where the young Helmut studied at Edinburgh College of art from 1947-51. Here he was taught and greatly influenced by Sir William Gillies RSA. Gillies encouraged his painting and in 1951 he started a series of works revolving round the circus and the people involved. This culminated in 2 major works being exhibited at the Royal Scottish Academy in 1952. They were both titled “The Circus” with Catalogue no’s. 439 and 631. Helmut went on to teach art and exhibit regularly at the Royal Scottish Academy and the Society of Scottish Artists. At the SSA he became a mainstay of the Society during the 1950’s to the 70’s. In his later years he suffered from Parkinson’s disease which greatly reduced his output. He died in 2008. Provenance; Purchased directly from the artist.
21st Century Gallery has clarified that the Original pen and ink drawing 'Circus elephants and horse 1951'. By Helmut Petzsch 1920-2008. Initialled and dated 51. (LA339624) is genuinely of the period declared with the date/period of manufacture being 1951
The pen and ink drawing is in good condition
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