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Richard Scholtz
Field Hockey Fullback Netherlands Olympic Team 1928



(Franz) Richard Scholtz (Germany, 1860-1939) Monumental "Life Portrait" of a Dutch Field Hockey player. In a substantial craftsman period frame giltwood frame. Signed upper right "R. Scholtz", Exhibition label on verso "Richard Scholtz", "California Palace of the legion of Honor San Francisco". One very small repair to lower left. We feel the likeness is similar to a player on the 1928 Netherlands Olympic Field Hockey Team which won the silver medal. The jersey is the same pattern as worn and the patch has the standing Lion as worn by the team. Richard Scholz was the son of the theater director, conductor, conductor and composer Bernhard Scholz and Marie Luise Seyler. He studied with Ernst Hildebrand from 1877 to 1880 at the Kunsthochschule Karlsruhe and became a member of the Corps Saxonia Karlsruhe. His work was influenced by the painter Karl Gussow, whom he became acquainted with following his teacher Ernst Hildebrand to the Kunstakademie Berlin in 1880. He painted professionally in Dresden in 1894, then Munich in 1898, and also in Gaschurn and Vorarlberg in 1909, and later to Munich as a professor and painter. Work included in the First edition of Hansel and Gretel drawn by Richard Scholz among other things, he had illustrated many children's books, such as an edition by Hansel and Gretel At the annual exhibition in Munich's glass palace. History of the Legion of Honor. In a statement delivered to the Board of Park Commissioners on 5 January 1920, Adolph B. Spreckels declared it was the purpose of “my wife and myself to contribute to the beautification of our native city something not only beautiful in itself, but also something devoted to patriotic and useful ends: something which might be dedicated as a suitable memorial to our brave boys who gave their lives to their country in the Great War, and also lend itself, as a home of art and historical treasures, to promoting the education and culture of our citizens, and especially the rising and coming generations.” High on the headlands above the Golden Gate—where the Pacific Ocean spills into San Francisco Bay—stands the California Palace of the Legion of Honor, the gift of Alma de Bretteville Spreckels to the city of San Francisco. Located in Lincoln Park, this unique art museum is one of the great treasures in a city that boasts many riches. The museum’s spectacular setting is made even more dramatic by the imposing French neoclassical building. In 1915 Alma Spreckels fell in love with the French Pavilion at San Francisco’s Panama Pacific International Exposition. This pavilion was a replica of the Palais de la Légion d’Honneur in Paris, one of the distinguished 18th-century landmarks on the left bank of the Seine. The Hôtel de Salm, as it was first called, was designed by Pierre Rousseau in 1782 for the Prince of Salm-Krybourg. Completed in 1788, it was not destined to serve long as a royal residence; the German prince, whose fortunes fell with the French Revolution, lived there only one year. Madame de Staël owned it briefly before Napoleon took it over in 1804 as the home of his newly established Légion d’Honneur, the order he created as a reward for civil and military merit. Alma Spreckels persuaded her husband, sugar magnate Adolph B. Spreckels, to recapture the beauty of the pavilion as a new art museum for San Francisco. At the close of the 1915 exposition, the French government granted them permission to construct a permanent replica, but World War I delayed the groundbreaking for this ambitious project until 1921.


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    Richard Scholtz (1860 - 1939, German)
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    Excellent. some craquelure from age and a very small repair lower center left. Professionally cleaned and varnished. .
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    H 67 in. x W 47 in. x D 3 in.

    H 170.18 cm x W 119.38 cm x D 7.62 cm

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    Soquel, CA
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