Aloys Zotl (Austrian, 1803-1897), Land Crab, 1869
Aloys Zotl (Austrian, 1803-1897)
Land Crab, 1869
Signed and dated lower right: Aloys Zotl fecit am 28. juni 1869
Inscribed lower center: Die Landkrabbe. Cancer Raricola.
Inscribed lower left: Inseliten. Tab. 45
Ink and watercolor on paper laid on cardboard
Paper size: 13 3/8 x 17 1/2"
Frame size: 19 x 23 1/4"
Aloys Zotl an Austrian painter and master dyer. Zotl was born in Freistadt in Upper Austria. He is notable for his painting of fantastical animals and other natural history subjects. Decades after his death in 1887 in Eferding, Zotl's work was re-discovered by surrealist Andre Breton, who recognized a surrealist aesthetic in it. Breton wrote: "...Lacking any biographical details about the artist, one can only indulge one's fantasies in imagining the reasons which might have induced this workman from Upper Austria, a dyer by profession, to undertake so zealously between 1832 and 1887 the elaboration of the most sumptuous bestiary ever seen."
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