7 . Automaton
24" x 19" framed. The richly-textured oil painting features an early period character doll by Kathe Kruse,posed semi-profile,with flowered dress,coral shoes and bonnet decorated with large flower at the side. Signed "Boemm Ritta". Excellent condition. The Hungarian-born artist Ritta Boemm (1868-1948) worked in water-color,gouache,and oils,exhibited "Village Street" and "Peasant Farm" at Dresden in 1892,and was noted for her richly-textured still life paintings of cozy scenes in the family home. About 1915 she came across a character doll by Kathe Kruse,and noting that their style complemented her painting genre,created a small series of paintings centering on the dolls. Excellent condition,framed. Ritta Boemm,circa 1915.