Description Vautier, a prolific and commercially successful artist during his life time, is often grouped with the best known German academic genre painters of the 19th century, such as Franz von Defregger and Ludwig Knaus. Like Defregger and Knaus, his works were very fashionable, and circulated widely as prints and photographs. Vautier had studied in Düsseldorf, and after 1858 he settled there. Throughout his life he undertook a journeys into the countryside during which he made studies that would become the basis for later finished works. Peasant life in the Black Forest was a favorite theme. He was particularly skilled as capturing nuanced emotions through gesture and objects. In this drawing the open Bible on the table and what seems to be a rosary on the floor suggest a devout life and the promise of salvation after death.
|1/09/2017||Treatment||examined for exhibition; other; re-housed|
- Training the Eye: 19th-Century Drawing. 2017.
Provenance Commissioned by William T. Walters, Baltimore, ca. 1863; inherited by Henry Walters, Baltimore, 1894; by bequest to Walters Art Museum, 1931.
Inscriptions [Signature] At bottom right: B Vautier 64; [Inscription] Below signature, partially legible: Duss (?)
Credit Acquired by William T. Walters
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