21st Century Gallery
Original Pencil Drawing 'Study from the Antique' by Helmut Petzsch 1920-2008. Signed & Dated 2nd June 1948
REF: 2543 / LA336058
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This fine drawing from the Antique Statuary was executed while the artist was studying with Sir William Gillies. Good strong confidant drawing, a typical subject of the period. 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 agreat 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. A fine artist with a light touch and as yet underrated due to his illness which precluded him from painting when 20th C. Art was being re evaluated in the past 20 years. Provenance; Purchased directly from the artist.
21st Century Gallery has clarified that the Original Pencil Drawing 'Study from the Antique' by Helmut Petzsch 1920-2008. Signed & Dated 2nd June 1948 (LA336058) is genuinely of the period declared with the date/period of manufacture being 20th Century
The drawing is in good condition
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