Franz Doll (1899-1982)
Self portrait, painting, 1935
Etching and drypoint on cream wove paper
Sheet: 250mm x 215mm; plate: 150mm x 135mm
Signed, dated and inscribed in pencil below plate mark: Selbstbildnis, 1935 and F Doll
Unmounted. The sheet untrimmed.
Franz Doll was at the heart of the artistic community in his native Munich at a time when Munich was a centre of creativity and innovation, whose influence extended throughout Europe.
After early study at Munich’s Kunstgerwerbeschule, he trained at the Munich Art Academy under Hugo von Habermann and Carl Johann Becker-Gundahl, winning the Munich City Art Prize, the Albrecht Durer Prize and Goethe Medal. In 1930, Franz Doll became a member of the Mϋnchener Neue Secession, established to provide a new direction for the visual arts. There he joined artists, including Paul Klee and Alexei Jawlensky, several of whom had been founder members of the Munich-based Blaue Reiter group. In 1938 he followed in Klee’s footsteps, becoming Professor at the Kunstacademie, Dϋsseldorf.
Franz Doll was a painter of richly-worked, almost symbolist landscapes and genre scenes. His graphic art is, by contrast, sharply observed and executed. The linear precision of his portraits especially shows clear influence of the New Objectivity movement, with which he was also associated. Both the Neue Secession and New Objectivity were suppressed under National Socialism following the end of the Weimar Republic in 1933.