Britta's Letters from (and sometimes about) Berlin
Tuesday, 19 March 2013
Franz Theodor Türcke - and a bit of luck
I cannot remember the subject :-) , but a few weeks ago I read on someone's blog the comment: "If you have seen one, you have seen them all" - and I thought: "Oh no, you are absolutely wrong - and either you don't have any experience at all but want to appear blasé - or you are going through the world with eyes closed."
I don't appreciate the one or the other.
If you open your eyes - and, even better: your heart - you see that the world offers a gorgeous orchestra of choices of apparently (!) the same thing.
Now people are whining about the snow.
OK - I would prefer spring too - but: "It is as it is." So on Sunday I put on warm clothes and went outside into frost and snow. And found at a Berlin flea market a little picture which I liked.
"Many people have looked at it but put it back", said the man behind the table.
"Maybe because of the subject", I said, "nobody wants a picture with snow now."
But as I liked it, I asked "How much?", and the sum was so small that you wouldn't have got half a ticket to the Astor Lounge cinema.
I bought it (and felt a bit silly), because it looked simple, naive, childlike - but I liked the atmosphere.
A signature was scribbled with pencil beneath it (same writing as the words "Original Drawing") - that was beautiful, but almost unreadable.
At home I looked with a magnifying glass - I am good at deciphering (and have a sort of eidetic memory) - and after a while I found out: the signature was F. Türcke.
The Internet informed me: Born 1877 in Dresden, deceased in Berlin 1957. A landcape painter who studied at the Berlin KA at Eugen Bracht.
Pictures (mostly oil) of him were sold at Christie's, Burchard Galleries Inc, and there are a lot of Americans who collect him. An auction house in Dresden offers to take anything of him to sell it.
I don't know whether that includes a little drawing like the one I have found. And I will not sell it.
I just want to look at it and feel happy because I like it - and had my eyes open.