A. Paul Weber, Napoleon and the Russian Winter (Game of Chess)

To be taken to Heart by all those who
after Moscow/Beresina 1812 & Stalingrad 1942/3
like to try it once again

Weber, Andreas Paul (Arnstadt 1893 – Schretstaken, Lauenburg, 1980). Napoleon and the Russian Winter. Chess match Napoleon vs. General Frost in the character of Death with Russian bearskin and saber buckled on. Sitting on drums by the chess table, the latter making the decisive draw. The devastating effect of which Napoleon – in armor and bicorne, the left pensively propped – apparently has not realized yet, let alone grasped. Lithograph. Dated in the stone 28 12 (19)75, within the stone inscribed in pencil lower right: A Paul Weber. 11⅜ × 16 in (28.8 × 40.8 cm).

Dorsch 1754. – On extremely wide-margined, untrimmed BFK Rives France vélin (19¾ × 25⅝ in [50 × 65 cm]). – Lower left within the stone the red Clan Press stamp as Weber’s mark of personal quality control, derived from the signet he had designed for the periodical Widerstand (Resistance) of the national Bolshevik resistance circle around Ernst Niekisch with a “W” as crown. From 1928 on Weber collaborated with Niekisch and created numerous illustrations both for the paper, of which he became coeditor in 1931, and further publications of Widerstand press.

The Games of Chess form – beside depictions of single players – a loose cycle, beginning with a game between fox and fool from 1937. Other games show Frederick the Great and Maria Theresa (1967) and William II and the social democrats, the knaves without fatherland (1977). Further games drawing on literary models as for instance Don Quixote and Sancho Panza (1976).

Impeccably fresh and in such a manner of ultimate beauty as quite rare only.

Offer no. 16,184 | EUR 970. | export price EUR 922. (c. US$ 1115.) + shipping

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