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I thoroughly enjoyed this picture “Exciting News” by Fritz Wagner, circa 1896-1939. I was drawn to the composition of the figures around the table engrossed in chat of the
'Exciting News' and relaxing with a drink and a smoke in conversation or
perhaps gossiping with friends!

by FRITZ WAGNER  1896-1939

Wagner was born in Munich in 1896. He followed in the footsteps of artists such as Meissonier and Lessel who painted genre subjects, often with a military theme. Wagner developed his own style and he painted his subjects in an informal and relaxed atmosphere. His palette is soft but he was a skilled draughtsman and his figures are well painted and natural.

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