Signed/inscribed/dated: M. Alten/By Himself/1917 lower left
Alten, a German-American, is seen wearing a American Red Cross pin in his lapel as an apparent reflection of patriotic sympathies while war raged in Europe. Although anti-German sentiments ran high in Grand Rapids as elsewhere, Alten's work and sales seem to have been unaffected.
JPMorgan Chase & Co
With Hefner Gallery
Mrs. Ralph (Camelia Alten) Demmon collection by descent
Mathias J. Alten: Journey of an American Painter
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)