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The Truant
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The Truant

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Description An elderly teacher pursues a naked young boy who flees, carrying his clothes over his arm. Behind, in a shallow pond, several youths are cavorting, one of whom prances beside the water jeering at the departing figure. A warm evening light permeates the scene. The model for the old teacher was used by Knaus in several works including "The Village Sorceress" (1885) and "The Potato Gathering" (1889).
Date Description Narrative
6/01/1949Treatmentcleaned; coated
2/01/1975Treatmentcleaned; coated; varnish removed or reduced
  • German 19th Century Paintings and Drawings. The Walters Art Gallery, Baltimore. 1983.
Provenance William T. Walters, Baltimore, between 1888 and 1892, by purchase; Henry Walters, Baltimore, 1894, by inheritance; Walters Art Museum, 1931, by bequest.
Inscriptions [Signature] Lower left: L. Knaus; [Date] Lower left: 1861
Credit Acquired by William T. Walters, between 1888 and 1892

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oil on canvas
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H: 22 15/16 x W: 17 15/16 in. (58.3 x 45.5 cm)
Location Within Museum
Not On View


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