So last May while in Germany I did something I’ve never done in Europe before: I bought a genuine work of art. Now granted I’ve bought little things, but this year I wanted to buy a “real” work of art, so I was keeping my eyes peeled.
It could be in part I fell in love with the town Garmish-Partenkirchen because we were finally out of Munich (I’m not a big fan of big cities, no matter the country), and although rainy, the town has quite the charm and knocked me head-over-heels. It was there I stumbled into what happen to be an art auction house called “Merry Old England.” http://www.caselton.de/
In the basement of Merry Old England, I found a painting by Heinz Theis (1894-1966) an artist who lived in Garmish. Yes, I like Millet and VanGogh, and clearly Heinz did too when he painted this in the 1930’s. According to the very helpful folks at the auction house paintings like this were very common between the wars: the working class working in beatific settings . I couldn’t beat the price, and although it took almost three months to get to me, it’s so good to have a little bit of Germany in my home – I am a quarter German you know, and in part getting the painting felt a little like a way to take ownership of that heritage.
Thank you Heinz for the painting, it’s looks great in a living room in Oregon.