A painter at work on a house wall, Adolphe Monticelli
Adolphe Monticelli
A painter at work on a house wall
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Adolphe Monticelli

A painter at work on a house wall, 1875


Dimensions
45.3 x 28.8 cm
Physical Description
Oil on wood
Inventory Number
1658
Acquisition
Acquired in 1921
Status
Not exhibited

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About the Work

Paintings which reflect upon their own character as media are referred to as “meta paintings”. With paint so thick as to form a relief, Monticelli’s panel depicts a man painting a facade. The work not only emphasises the motif, but also – through its coarse application – the significance of paint as a material. Whereas many of Monticelli’s contemporaries responded to his unusual works with incomprehension, artists such as Cézanne and Van Gogh admired them. The latter even claimed to emulate Monticelli above all other artists.

Work Data

Basic Information

Title
A painter at work on a house wall
Painter
Period Produced
Object Type
Physical Description
Oil on wood
Material
Technique
Label at the Time of Manufacture
Signiert unten rechts: Monticelli

Property and Acquisition

Institution
Administration
Collection
Picture Copyright
© Städel Museum, Foto: U. Edelmann
Acquisition
Acquired in 1921

Work Content

Motifs and References

Genre
Main Motif
Associated Persons and Institutions

Iconclass

Primary
Secondary
  • 41A3321 closed window
  • 41A36 roof (of house or building)
  • 41D221(HAT) head-gear: hat
  • 48C5153 brushes ~ implements of painter
  • 41A771 container of metal: bucket, can, canister, drum, tin, etc.

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15.05.2019