ART ARCHIVES - SOUTH AFRICA

 

 

R o b e r t   K  N  A  U  S

 

 

1900 - 1975

 

Paintings

 

 

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Robert Knaus ca. 1970

 

 

 


 

 

 

Brief CV

 

 

 

Born 21st January, 1900 in Vienna, studied acting at the Burgtheater Akademie, Wien; he was self-taught as a painter, lived in Munich from 1940, also lived and worked in nearby Regensburg.

 

Robert Knaus moved to Spain in 1943 where he married in 1947; he emigrated to Venezuela (Caracas 1949-1952) then lived in Valdivia, Chile, until his return to Europe in 1963.

 

With wife Elena, had 3 daughters (Birgitte, Marlene and Renata) and son Tilman Knaus. The family travelled extensively.

 

Robert Knaus was also an avid collector and antiquarian.

 

In 1971 Robert Knaus visited Johannesburg and Cape Town in South Africa and Windhoek, Namibia.

 

Robert Knaus passed away on 17th January, 1975 in Freiburg i.Br.

 

 

 


 

 

 

Selected Exhibitions

 

 

 

1949 Museo de Bellas Artes, Caracas, Venezuela (20th November to 4th December)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Orchid illustrated on the invitation card to the 1949 exhibition in Caracas

 

 

1964 Salones Macarrón, Madrid (10th April)

 

1966 Galerie Rudolf Manuel, Bern (12th November – 1st December)

 

1967 Galerie Münsterberg, Basel (11th November – 1st December)

 

1968 Galerie Coray, Zurich (10th May – 15th June)

 

1970 Galerie Münsterberg, Basel (8th September – 31st October)

 

1971 Gallery 101, Johannesburg (August/September) - PDF

 

1973 Selected Artists Galleries, 655 Madison Ave., New York (Jan/Feb) – Magic Realist Paintings

 

 

 


 

 

 

Selected Images on auctions

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

“Stillleben mit Krebsen” oil on wood 31.5x41 cm – auctioned by Ketterer Kunst, Munich - 18th March, 2005 – auction 292, Lot 605 – realized €1170

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

"Stillleben mit Pilzen” oil on wood – 40x50 cm – auctioned by Kiefer Buch- und Kunstauktionen, Pforzheim – 5th May, 2018, Lot 4094

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

“Stillleben mit Muscheln und Zitronen” oil on wood – 40x50 cm – auctioned Kiefer Buch- und Kunstauktionen, Pforzheim - 5th May, 2018 - Lot 4095

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

“Study of Cacti” oil on painter’s board – 49x35.5 cm - auctioned by Bonhams New York

22nd June, 2006 – auction 13911 – Lot 8017 – realized US $ 5078 / CHF 5000

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

"Stilllife with roses and mushrooms" - oil/wood – 35.5x25.5 cm – auctioned by Odalys Galería de Arte, Caracas – Subasta 190 - cat. 175 – March 2011

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Lot 362 "Swirling Gold Coins" oil/board - 22x15 - realized US$ 500

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Lot 367 "Fantasy Creature with red thread and candleholder" - oil/board - 14.5x10 - realized US$ 1'100

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Lot 375 "Map and magnifying glass" - a trompe l'oeil oil on board - 21x16 - realized US$ 1'700

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Lot 381 "Window with butterfly" - a trompe l'oeil oil on board - 20.5x14.25 on larger linen wrapped board 25x19 - realized US$ 800

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Lot 403 "Wrapped Surface with artist's tag" - a trompe l'oeil oil on board - 21.5x17 on larger linen wrapped board 26.5x22 - realized US$ 1'200

 

 

 

The 5 paintings listed above under Lot 362, 367, 375, 381 and 403 were auctioned by Litchfield Country Auctions, Litchfield CT 06759 USA during May, 2018

 

 

 

 


 

 

 

Other Images

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

“Geranien”, 1944 – postcard published by Haus der Kunst, 1944 – HDK 273

 

Exhibited: Haus der Deutschen Kunst, München („Große Deutsche Kunstausstellung Juli - Oktober 1940“)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

One of the paintings in the Museo Nacional de Ciencias, Caracas, Collection

(originally part of the Shell Venezuela collection of 24 works of tropical birds and tropical flowers donated to the museum)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

„Stopwatch“, 1965 acrylic on board – 51x36 cm – photo 1stdibs

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

“Shattered”, 1966 – oil on panel – 57x38 cm – image Askart

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

“Still life with fish” – illustrated on invitation card Galerie Coray, Zurich (10th May – 15th June, 1968)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

“Bauernstillleben” – image E Hyde, Histocultura

Exhibited:  Haus der Deutschen Kunst, München („Große Deutsche Kunstausstellung Juli - Oktober 1940“)

 

 

 

 


 

 

 

Included in Selected Publications

 

 

“Exposición Robert Knaus: catálogo de las obras expuestas” (Pub. : Dirección de Cultura, Ministerio de Educación, 1963 - Museo de Bella Artes, Caracas)

 

Kunst des 20. Jahrhunders – Bestandskatalog der Österreichischen Galerie des 20. Jahrhunderts, Bd.2 (Publ. Österreichische Galerie Belvedere, Wien, 1995, p. 234) - ISBN 3854474903

 

Ibiza-Style – Issue 04-2008 / Ruta del Arte, Ibiza – Vo. 10, 2012

 

 

 

 

 

Other references

 

 

“Über das Schaffen des Malers Robert Knaus“ (Heinz Gutzeit)

 

Auswärtiges Amt, Berlin – Kunstwerke im Bestand, Vg. 341-2017 („Hügellandschaft“)

 

Revista Nacional de Cultura 1953 No 97 – Marzo/Abril – Vol 14 – exposición en Valencia

 

La Prensa – 11th November, 1964 / La Vanguardia Española – 22nd November, 1964 (Galerís Syra)

 

Art News, New York – Febr. 1973 (review by Laurie Anderson)

 

Rhode Island School of Design Library – Fleet Library – listed p45 - 20th Cent. Artists

 

 

 


 

 

 

Selected Press Cuttings from South Africa

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Star, Johannesburg – 2nd September, 1971

 

Die Vaderland, Johannesburg – 2nd September, 1971 (Nico van Rensburg)

 

Sunday Express, Johannesburg – 5th September, 1971 (Oliver Kerr)

 

 

 

Note to owners in South Africa - if you own a work or have further documentation on the Johannesburg exhibition, please contact us on this link!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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https://www.art-archives-southafrica.com/robert-knaus-archives was last updated on 23rd October, 2018