7 . Automaton
27" x 34" framed. Two Kathe Kruse dolls,boy and girl,are posed shyly as they watch a long-beaked duck and four little yellow chicks at their feet; a vase is posed nearby suggesting that the scene takes place on a table top. The girl is holding up her skirt hem as though worried that the duck is about to nip her. The painting is signed Ritta Boemm. The Hungarian-born artist (1868-1948) was noted for her genre still-life paintings of homey scenes,and discovering the Kathe Kruse dolls sometime about 1910,she realized how fittingly they could be incorporated into her own art,creating a life-like sense into an otherwise still life. A small series of the paintings was created by the artist about 1915. This is in excellent original condition,framed.