Self Portrait (By Himself)

Date Created
1917
Work Medium
Dimensions
17 in. x 14 in.
CR Number
MISP164
Signature
Signed/inscribed/dated: M. Alten/By Himself/1917 lower left
Signature Details
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.
Provenance

JPMorgan Chase & Co

With Hefner Gallery

Mrs. Ralph (Camelia Alten) Demmon collection by descent

Union Bank

Exhibitions

Mathias J. Alten: Journey of an American Painter

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)

Hefner Gallery Records, Grand Rapids, MI,

Subjects
Self Portrait
Michigan