Bühler/Krückl 714.

Hans-Peter Bühler und Albrecht Krückl, Heinrich Bürkel, mit Werkverzeichnis der Gemälde, München 1989, S. 311, Kat.-Nr. 714, mit Abb.

Hugo Helbing, München, Auktion, 2.6.1902, Los 16;
Karl & Faber, München, Auktion 189, 1.6.1995, Los 173, Taf. 5;
Privatbesitz, Bayern;
Neumeister, Dresden, Auktion, 24.9.1997, Los 560:
Privatsammlung, Süddeutschland.


The present painting belongs to the thematic complex of “Blacksmiths in Winter”. There is probably no sign of the sub-zero temperatures in the forge itself, as the hammer is being made to glow in the forge; red light shines from the windows. Bürkel’s Biedermeier idylls are also always images of farewell, as they depict the last hidden corners of the pre-industrial way of life in an era in which railways were already in operation and factories, including those for metalworking, were being built.

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