The canvas is clearly signed in the lower left
The canvas is clearly signed in the lower left Too Close to Call by Fritz Wagner A man ponders his next move in a game of cards in this magnificent painting by Fritz Wagner Wagner's scenes of 19th-century common folk are highly desirable Soft colors, expressive figures and detailed interiors distinguish Wagner's paintings Too Close to Call by Fritz Wagner
Too Close to Call by Fritz Wagner

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
$58,500
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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
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Artist: Wagner, Fritz
Framed:31.5"W x 34.875"H
Unframed:23 7/8"W x 27 3/4"H
Period: 1816-1918
Origin:Germany
Subject:Genre
Depth:4.0 Inches
Width:31.5 Inches
Height:34.875 Inches
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