Blackamoor Reading the Paper, Wilhelm Trübner
Wilhelm Trübner
Blackamoor Reading the Paper
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Wilhelm Trübner

Blackamoor Reading the Paper, 1872


Dimensions
63.0 x 51.0 cm
Physical Description
Oil on canvas
Inventory Number
1352
Acquisition
Acquired in 1900, Property of Städelscher Museums-Verein e.V.
Status
Not exhibited

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About the Work

An African in bourgeois clothing is reading a newspaper. In nineteenth-century Germany this must have seemed a highly exotic and provocative subject. But contemporary comments all praise Trübner's skills as an artist. This painting, one of his important early works, lives from the sophisticated gradations of the shades of dark blue, green and brown. Only the red silk lining of the top hat and the white newspaper set distinctive accents. Trübner made this unknown gentleman the focal point of his painting on three occasions. All three works were produced during his sojourn in Rome.

Work Data

Basic Information

Title
Blackamoor Reading the Paper
Painter
Period Produced
Object Type
Physical Description
Oil on canvas
Material
Technique
Label at the Time of Manufacture
Signiert und datiert unten rechts: W. Trübner. 1872.

Property and Acquisition

Institution
Administration
Collection
Picture Copyright
© Städel Museum, Foto: U. Edelmann
Acquisition
Acquired in 1900, Property of Städelscher Museums-Verein e.V.

Work Content

Motifs and References

Genre
Main Motif
Associated Medium
  • La Libertà

Iconclass

Primary
  • 61B111(+55) anonymous historical person portrayed alone (+ full length portrait)
  • 31A235(+4) sitting figure (+ three-quarter view)
  • 49N reading
  • 46D3 newspaper, news-sheet
Secondary

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13.03.2019