California Sycamore

Date Created
circa 1929
Work Medium
32 in. x 42 in.
CR Number
Signed: M. Alten lower right
Signature Details
Foster Jewell, a former student of Alten, was the model posing beneath a sycamore tree. Jewell evidently later gave up painting, becoming instead a wood sculptor, and later an accomplished, published Haiku poet. Although the painting has been exhibited under the title, "Resting," the title, "California Sycamore" is inscribed on the stretcher in pencil at upper left. On the stretcher too,, at top center is a small eight-sided paper label with the number 1 inscribed in pencil. Adhered to the foam-core backing is a paper labe lfrom the U.S. Department of State/Art in Embassies Program/Room -258, Washington D.C. 20520.

Grand Rapids Art Museum

Anna F. McCauley collection


Mathias J. Alten: Journey of an American Painter

Art in Embassies Collection Exhibition


Gerdts, William H., M. Elizabeth Boone, Wendy Greenhouse and James A. Straub (Chronology), Mathias J. Alten: Journey of an American Painter (The Grand Rapids Art Museum, 1998)

Gerdts, William H., "Mathias J. Alten," American Art Review, December 1998.

No author noted, "Mathias J. Alten Displays Brilliant Paintings Which He Made Near Here Last Fall," The Grand Rapids Press, December 14, 1933, pg.3, col 3.

Smithsonian Institution Research Information System (SIRIS), "Alten, Mathias Joseph 1871-1938"