Nativity

Description:
Oil on canvas, 39.1/2″ x 42″ (100.2 cm x 106.6 cm). Unsigned.

Location:
Adolfo Muller-Ury Stiftung, Hospental, Switzerland.

Exhibition:
WILDENSTEIN & CO. INC., 19, East 64th Street, New York, April 20 – May 4, 1937, No. 26.

The page in the Schweizer Illustrierte Zeitung 1660/No. 51, 20th December 1939, with a photograph of the artist before the painting in 1937. The article was headed “Adolf Müller: an unknown painter of famous personalities.”

The artist states in his diary for January 2, 1935 that he is going to paint a ‘Babino Gesu’; the following day he says he would like to give this picture to the church in Hospental and on January 15 he is working on this. It would appear that after exhibiting it at Wildenstein’s in the Spring of 1937 the picture was brought to Switzerland, and although he was photographed in front of it at the time he was painting Motta in 1938 the picture remained in the Haus Müller-Lombardi.