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150 Years of Painting: Artist Dynasty Blaas - Dorotheum-Auction on 24th September 2011 in Tannenmühle Castle (Lower Austria): 732 works of art by the von Blaas painters


Eugen von Blaas „Young girl
standing in the water“, estimate € 2,000 – 3,000

In Autumn the Dorotheum has a one off auction to offer, which documents 150 years of paintings in Austria: 732 works of arts, photography and others from five protagonists of the painter von Blaas painters, great exponents of Austrian art history in 19th and 20th Century, are under the hammer in the seat of the descendents. The Tannenmühle Castle, Innermanzing, near Altlengbach in Lower Austria, is an idyllic venue for the auction on 24th September 2011.

The von Blaas painters, renowned historical and genre painters, include Carl von Blaas, his sons Julius and the internationally esteemed Eugen, Carl Theodor plus his wife Helene von Blaas. Their works reflect 150 years of Austrian art history: from late classicism and romanticism, the Biedermeier period and the Vormärz to realism, naturalism and impressionism of second half of 19th Century, right up to Jugendstil and Art Déco. The auction is therefore called "150 years of painting in Austria: Carl, Julius, Eugen, Carl Theodor and Helene von Blaas".

The catalogue lists the oil paintings, oil sketches, watercolours, mixed techniques plus drawings chronologically, in order of artist. The estimates range from 50 to 5,000 Euros.

The Dynasty of Painters:

Carl von Blaas
(1815-1894), the creator of frescoes in the Altlerchenfelder church and the frescoes in the armoury (now in the Military History Museum in Vienna) was the oldest of the family from Tirol. The auction features many works from him and his son Julius, with immense art historical significance because these works are early artist impressions for later major works by the artists. Carl was a historical painter, that had a strong bond with the Nazarene Franz Overbeck, and amongst others, teacher of oriental painting Leopold Carl Müller. Quaint - from the times before the invention of photography - Carl's so named continuous images, a sequence of sketches on a motif; for example a continuous image with 20 landscape sketches of a journey into the Bay of Naples (estimate €800 - 1,000, lot 187).

Carl's sons Julius (1845-1922) and Eugen were born in Rome, both painters were also stylistically influenced by Italy and by the paintings of the 16th Century which particularly manifested itself in the works of Eugen von Blaas. Carl and Julius, of which the auction offers a large number of works, could be described as the propagandists of the Emperor (Franz Joseph I), the historical pictures and portraits are also historical documents of imperial Austria of the time.

Eugen von Blaas (1843-1931) is the most internationally known painter of the Blaas dynasty. The esteemed, impressionist inspired salon painting by the 'painter of Venetian Beauties' caused an uproar in the USA and England amongst others. The auction has a small number of sketches to offer, like the "Young girl standing in the water" [(estimated value €2,000 - 3,000, lot 396).

Carl Theodor von Blaas (1886-1960), the son of Julius von Blaas, with his best works, is an expressive exponent of Art Déco painting. The pictures in the auction portray a large range of noble and child portraits.

Helene von Blaas (1895-1985), born Freiin von Leitenberger, was married to Carl Theodor von Blass from 1920 and drew large and small floral pieces as well as floral still lifes in expressive colours represented in the auction.

The Tannenmühle Castle:

The Tannenmühle, formerly named "Donnermühle“, is supposedly founded by Philipp Tanner, who in 1455 possessed a fiefdom in Leiten bei Strass.. In the following years it was operated as a sawmill, particularly a flour mill.

Famous owners: 1591 lordship Neulengbach, much later miller Johann Asinger, 1862 Count Lützow, 1871 Prince Nikolaus Esterhazy of Galantha, 1894 Princess Theresia Sulkowski, 1898 Baroness Paula Scharschmid, 1907 Count Resseguier de Miremont, 1930-38 Countess Maria Clam-Gallas, 1938-1946 Countess Christiane Arco-Zinneberg, 1952 Count Adolf Trauttmansdorff, and since 1959 Peter von Blaas.

1872 - 1873 Robert Bulwer-Lytton (writer and diplomat) lived in the castle (he would later be viceroy of India under Queen Victoria). 1878 – 1931 Alfred Johann Count Resseguier de Miremont (writer and sculptor – war memorial in Innermanzing) lived here.
During the second World War the castle was used as a maternity hospital, with a water wheel (mill wheel) on the mill stream that provided a part of Innermanzig with electricity.

Peter von Blaas and his descendants have preserved these buildings, which already in 1872 had the elegant English country house character, as a sophisticated country estate in the typically British country house style.


24 September 2011, 11am and 3pm
Public Viewing:
22 - 24 September 2011, Tannenmühle Castle, Innermanzing, Lower Austria
3 - 13 September 2011, Palais Dorotheum Vienna, 1010, Dorotheergasse 17 (a selection of around 150 works)
Prof. Wolfgang Speyer, Dorotheum Salzburg, Tel. +43-662-87 16 71-0
Tannenmühle Castle, 3052 Innermanzing, Lower Austria
Press Office:
Mag. Doris Krumpl, Tel. + 43-1-515 60-406,

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