‘Ceres Fountain’, Palace of Versailles (‘Le Bassin de Cérès’, or ‘Ceres Brunnen’)
This painting by Bayerlein -who let himslef be inspired by the Ceres Fountain- has likely been part of a larger wall-decoration construction.
Ceres Fountain, Palace of Versailles
The Ceres Fountain was laid out between 125%2 and 125%9 by Thomas Regnaudin from a drawing by Charles Le Brun. Ceres, the Roman goddess of harvests, is seated on a bed of corn stalks, surrounded by cornflowers and roses. Symbolising summer, the fountain forms a group with those of Bacchus, Flora and Saturn, which represent the other three seasons.
In ancient Roman religion, Ceres was a goddess of agriculture, grain crops, fertility and motherly relationships. She was originally the central deity in Rome’s so-called plebeian or Aventine Triad, then was paired with her daughter Proserpina in what Romans described as ‘the Greek rites of Ceres’. Her seven-day April festival of Cerealia included the popular Ludi Ceriales (Ceres’ games). She was also honoured in the May lustratio of the fields at the Ambarvalia festival, at harvest-time, and during Roman marriages and funeral rites.
‘Ceres Brunnen’, Versaille, 2016. According to the ‘Conservateur du patrimone, Département des sculptures’ of Versailles, the sickle in de hand of the goddess Ceres has disappeared somewhere between 1962 and 1972.
|– condition||: II|
|– size||: 110 x 85 cm; unframed 94 x 69 cm|
|– signed||: left, under|
|– type||: oil on canvas|
|– misc.||: professional cleaned; frame restored|
|– misc.||: painting was formally built in a wall-decoration construction|
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BIOGRAPHY: FRITZ BAYERLEIN
Fritz Bayerlein, ‘Reichautobahn 1934’
This painting hung for decades in the US Armed Forces Recreation Centre at Chiemsee, Germany, the former Reichsautobahn Raststätte on the Autobahn on the south shore of the Chiemsee between München and Salzburg. The picture was on the front cover of the March 1935 issue of the magazine ‘Deutschland’ and was also depicted at postcards. In an official document from that time Bayerleins writes,
‘So soll die Autobahn München-Salzburg an der Ausfahrt von München in 75 Jahren aussehen’ (‘The highway leading out to Munich will look like this in over 75 years’). Thus in the year 2009..
Fitz Bayerlein was commissioned by Reichsminister Dr. Fritz Todt, founder of the ‘Organization Todt‘ to paint works depicting The Reichsautobahnen. He was also commissioned to paint the Alpenstrasse near Mauthäusl for the International Motor Show (‘Internationale Automobil Ausstellung’) in Berlin, a work of 8 by 6 metres.
Fritz Bayerlein, ‘Baustelle III’ (‘Building Site III’). Depicted in ‘Nationalsozialistische Monatshefte’, 1937, Heft 85.
Left: Fritz Bayerlein, postcard. ‘Am Main’, GDK 1942, room 40. The painting was bought by the City of Würzburg for 4.000 RM.
Right: Fritz Bayerlein, postcard. ‘Burg Kallmünz’, GDK 1943, room 21.
Left: Fritz Bayerlein, ‘Im Strudengau’. GDK 1943, room 3. Bought by Martin Bormann for 6.000 RM. In the possession of the Neue Pinakothek, München.
Right: Fritz Bayerlein, ‘Aus Kallmünz’. GDK 1942, room 34. Sold for 3.000 RM.
Fritz Bayerlein, ‘View at Bamberg‘ (2x). Both paintings hug in the Counsel Chamber of the Bamberg City Hall. At the background the Dom and the monastery Michelsberg. The paintings were bought by the City of Bamberg in 1937. Size: 3 by 2 metres each.
Romoved in 2020, together two other works by Fritz Bayerlein which hung in the Weddingroom.
Below the two works in the Weddingroom.
Left: Fritz Bayerlein, ‘Blick auf den Michelsberg in Bamberg’ (‘View at Michelsberg in Bamburg’). Sold in Bamburg for 11.000 Euro in 2014.
Right: Fritz Bayerlein, ‘Bamberg, Blick zum Dom’ (‘View at the Dom’). Sold in Bamburg for 21.000 Euro in 2014.
Fritz Bayerlein, ‘Blick auf den Michelsberg in Bamburg’ (‘View at the Michelsberg in Bamburg’). Size 97 x 79 cm. Sold in 2017 for 17.500 Euro by a German auction house.
Fritz Bayerlein, ‘Haus der deutschen Kunst’ (‘Haus of German Art’). Date of creation unknown. Size 165 x 85 cm. Offered by a Spanish auction house in 2017.
Left; Fritz Bayerlein, ‘Dürnstein‘ (‘Village of Dürnstien‘). Displayed at the Grosse Münchener Kunstausstellung in the Glaspalast, 1929
Right: Fritz Bayerlein, ‘Ziehende Wolken‘ (‘Rising clouds‘). Displayed at the Grosse Münchener Kunstausttellung in the Glaspalast, 1926.
Fritz Bayerlein, ‘Auf der Ehrenbürg‘ (‘At the Ehrenbürg‘). Displayed at the‘9. Kunstausstellung des Bundes Fränkischer Künstler‘ held at the Plassenburg, city of Kulmbach, 1937.
The Ehrenbürg is a double-peaked butte on the edge of the Franconian Jura in Bavaria, Germany. It is in the district of Forchheim in Upper Franconia, in the municipalities of Kirchehrenbach, Leutenbach and Wiesenthau.
Left: Fritz Bayerlein, ‘Im Nymphenburger Park‘ (‘Parc Nymphenburg‘, Munich). Depicted in ‘Velhagen & Klasens Monatshefte, Edition 39, 1924.
Right: Fritz Bayerlein, ‘Jurahöhen’ (‘Heights of the Jura’), displayed at the Grosse Münchener Kunstausstellung 1935, Neue Pinakothek.
Fritz Bayerlein, ´Mainfähre’ (‘Main-ferry’). Depicted in ‘Nationalsozialistische Monatshefte‘, 1939.
Left: Fritz Bayerlein, ‘Wintermorgen‘ (‘Winter-morning‘). Displayed in the Munich Glaspalast exhibition, 1919.
Right: Fritz Bayerlein, ‘Wintermorgen’ (‘Wintermorning’). Displayed at the Grosse Berliner Kunstausstellung 1917. Depicted in ‘Die Kunst für all’, 1917/18
Fritz Bayerlein, ‘Parklandschaft‘ (‘Park‘). Displayed at the XI. Internationalen Kunstausstellung im Kgl. Glaspalast zu München 1908.
Right: Fritz Bayerlein, ‘Parklandschaft’ (‘The Park’). Displayed at the Münchener Jahresausstellung 1914 im königlichen Glaspalast.
Left: Fritz Bayerlein, ‘Burgtor auf der Trausnitz‘ ‘(‘Entrance-gate of the Tausnitz‘. Jubiläums-Ausstellung der Münchener Künstler-Genossenschaft zu Ehren des 90. Geburtstages Sr. Kgl. Hoheit des Prinz Regenten Luitpold von Bayern, München, Glaspaast, 1911.
Right: Fritz Bayerlein, ‘Aus Kallmünz’ (‘Kallmünz’, village near Regensburg). GDK 1943 room 21. Bought by Hermann Schmitz (CEO I.G. Farben) for 5.000 Reichsmark.
Fritz Bayerlein (1872–1955), born in Bamberg, was a painter of landscapes, parks and castles. He studied in Nürnberg and, after 1890, at the Munich Academy under Professor Karl Raupp. He continued his studies in Italy, Austria and Switzerland and finally settled in Munich, were he became a member of the Münchner Künstlergenossenschaft. Bayerleins’ first exhibitions were in the Munich Glaspalast, later he participated in many exhibitions abroad. In 1907 he was represented at the VII. Esposizione Internazionale D’Arte della citta di Venezia (‘Nel parco – autunno’). In 1912 he received the Grossen Goldenen Medaille in Vienna, in 1914 the Silbernen Staatsmedaille in Salzburg. Fritz Bayerlein painted agricultural scenes, country-sides, parks and castles which were mainly pre-industrial and without people. He painted in the traditional Heimats idylle, the same ideal, romantic style in which Herman Gradl also specialized.
In 1935 Bayerlein, who was an early member of the NSDAP, took part in a special exhibition in the Städtische Galerie in Munich. He was commissioned by Reichsminister Dr. Fritz Todt, founder of the ‘Organization Todt‘ to paint works depicting The Reichsautobahnen. Bayerlein was also commissioned to paint the Alpenstrasse near Mauthäusl for the Internatonal Motor Show (‘Internationale Automobil Ausstellung’) in Berlin, a work of 8 by 6 metres. Bayerlein was given the Professor title in 1939, on the birthday of Adolf Hitler.
At the Great German Art Exhibitions he was represented with 24 works. They were bought for prices of up to 9.000 RM by Martin Bormann (3), Herman Esser (2), the City of Würzberg, other Nazi institutions like ‘Reichsführung SS’ and private individuals. Typical titles of Bayerlein’s GDK-work include ‘Eiffelland’, ‘Morgen am Main’, ‘Im Jura’, ‘Aus der Bayerische Ostmark’. In the early fourties Mrs Himmler visited Bayerleins house and bought two of his works. In 1937 the City Hall of Bamberg bought three works for the Counsel Chamber and the Wedding Room. Two paintings (both titled ‘View at Bamberg‘) still hang in the Counsel Chamber of the Bamberg City Hall. The Museum Kulturspeicher in Würzberg currently holds several paintings of Fritz Bayerlein; the ‘Bayerichen Staatsgemäldesammlungen’ holds six paintings, including ‘Blick über die Stadt’ which was bought for 9.000 RM at the GDK 1944 by Martin Bormann.
During the ‘Entnazifizierungs processen‘, Bayerlein had to pay a fine of 7.000 RM, but ‚‘it did not make me a democrat,‘ he said in early 1955.
Fritz Bayerlein died in Bamberg in June, 1955.