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The Little Parisian Albert von Keller

Artist

Albert von Keller Gais [Switzerland], 1844 – Munich, 1920

Date ca. 1900
Object type painting
Medium, technique oil on cardboard
Dimensions

28.1 x 21.4 cm

Inventory number 344.B
Collection Department of Art after 1800
On view This artwork is not on display

Fin-de-siècle society was the focus of interest to Albert von Keller, a popular Munich portrait artist, when he sojourned in Paris in 1882. In the French capital he struck up friendship with Mihály Munkácsy, who was already a celebrated artist of the salon genre and who seemed to have influenced the stylistic development of Keller’s art. The Little Parisian is a study for more complex genre painting. The unusual angle with the figure seen from behind and its placement in a dark space are emblematic of the early period of Keller’s psychological portraiture, which – like much of Munkácsy’s portrait art – instead of focusing on the physical appearance, concentrates on showing the subject’s character and state of mind.

Luca Keserü

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