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
45.7 x 29.2 cm
Physical Description
Oil on wood
Inventory Number
1658
Acquisition
Acquired in 1921
Status
On display, 1st upper level, Modern Art, room 4

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About the Work

A double painting of sorts: as a colourful and thick relief, Adolphe Monticelli’s small-format wooden panel shows a man standing on scaffolding and painting a façade. The work addresses the significance of colour as a material both through the motif and its rich application of paint – to a certain extent the Marseille artist’s trademark. While many contemporaries reacted with incomprehension to Monticelli’s unusual painting style, artists such as Cézanne and van Gogh admired him. The latter even went so far as to describe him as his most important role model.

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
Work Catalogues
  • Stammégna: 588

Property and Acquisition

Institution
Administration
Collection
Creditline
Städel Museum, Frankfurt am Main
Picture Copyright
Public Domain
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

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Last update

26.01.2023