Picnic at Macatawa

Date Created
1904
Work Medium
Dimensions
30 in. x 40 in.
CR Number
MIGP86
Signature
Signed/dated: M. Alten/1904 lower right
Signature Details
This painting is actually a family portrait with Alten's daughter Eleanore seen standing in a pinkish dress in the foreground, six-year-old Camelia in black stockings perched on a park bench, and Bertha Alten in a large hat and purple skirt holding one-year old Viola. Some have argued that the man seen smoking a cigarette is actually the painter himself. The Macatawa resort was a popular vacation spot often visited by the family, and easily accessed by taking the Interurban train from Grand Rapids.
Thesaurus of Geographic Names Location
Provenance

Grand Valley Sate University

George and Barbara Gordon collection

Perception Gallery

Grand Rapids Central High School

Exhibitions

Mathias J. Alten: Journey of an American Painter

Retrospective, Mathias J. Alten (1871 - 1938)

Sunlight in a Paintbrush - American Impressionism from Regional Collections

Bibliography

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)

William H. Gerdts, E. Jane Connell, James M. Keny, Sunlight in a Paintbrush - American Impressionism from Regional Collections (May 2008

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Sylvia Krissoff, "Exhibit Shows Range of GR Artist Alten's Work, " The Grand Rapids Press, July 30, 1991.

No author noted, "Grand Rapids Has a Really Great Artist...," The Grand Rapids Evening Press, December 10, 1904, ill.

Subjects
Group portrait
Michigan