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Hermann Ottomar Herzog; Florida Landscape, c.1900

Herzog, Hermann Ottomar (1832-1932); Approaching Rains over Hammock Slough, c.1900; oil on canvas; signed lower left; in excellent condition; unlined with no repairs or paint loss; minor age commensurate craqueleur; some stretcher ghosting, predominantly in upper sky; original stretchers inscribed in red paint “38.”; the Artist’s Hand List denotes 38. as “Florida Landscape”; the back of the original frame, which has been retained, has a Rosenbach Galleries, Philadelphia label as well as several pencil inscriptions alluding to the family’s second generation owner; canvas dimensions: 22″ x 27″; frame dimensions: 28 1/2″ x 33 1/2″

Provenance: (available fully to purchaser)

  • the artist, sold and/or framed through Rosenbach Galleries, Philadelphia
  • to the original owner, Rittenhouse Square, Philadelphia
  • by direct descent to the present owner (fourth generation)


“He possesses a power of selection that is equivalent to creation, and his works, painted out of doors, have the unity of purely ideal compositions…His faculty of choosing the most effective illumination, even the most favorable season and time of day, assisted by the rapidity of execution which enables him to seize and fetter the most transient phenomena of light and shade—of clouds that pass and of windswept water—amount to genius and make his pictures unique among landscapes.” –Herman Herzog, 1831–1932 (New York: Chapellier Galleries, 1971), np.

This format and composition have much in common, including possibly the same rowboat, with the painting Fishing on the Gulf Coast (Florida), which sold in May of 2017 at Heritage Auctions (scroll down)