Too Close to Call by Fritz Wagner

  • A wonderful German genre painting by Fritz Wagner entitled Too Close to Call
  • Wagner specialized in depictions of the common man of 19th-century Germany
  • His skillfully formed figures appear in period dress, enjoying leisurely activities in public places
  • His gift for draftsmanship, color and atmosphere distinguish his works
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Item No. 29-9038

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Fritz Wagner
1896-1939 • German

Too Close to Call

Signed “Fritz Wagner Mch” (lower left)
Oil on canvas

A group of gentlemen are in the midst of a challenging game of cards in this stunning genre scene by German artist Fritz Wagner. His incredible gift for detail is evident in this faithful scene, entitled Too Close to Call. Ranked among the great early 20th-century German artists, his skillful draftsmanship and beautifully rendered figures distinguish his magnificent canvases.

Wagner specialized in depicting the common man of 19th-century Germany engaging in leisurely activities in public gathering places. In Too Close to Call, three gentlemen are enthralled in a tense card game, as one of the men ponders his next move. Their emotive faces and detailed dress give the impression that they are common folk, perhaps relaxing after a long day’s work. The interior is rustic yet inviting, displaying Wagner's gift for using atmosphere and soft color to create a scene that engages the viewer.

Canvas: 27 3/4" high x 23 7/8" wide
Frame: 34 7/8” high x 31 1/2” wide
Wagner's scenes of 19th-century common folk are highly desirable
Maker: Wagner, Fritz
Period: 1816-1918
Origin: Germany
Type: Paintings
Depth: 4.0 Inches
Width: 31.5 Inches
Height: 34.88 Inches
Canvas Width: 23 7/8 Inches
Canvas Height: 27 3/4 Inches

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