Portrait of Mrs. Godfrey Von Platen

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24 in x 30 in
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Historical Context
Godfrey von Platen (1867 - 1924) was a successful lumber businessman who emigrated from Germany in 1869. Godfrey later became the president of the Widdicomb Furniture Company (1916 - 1923) and director of the Michigan Trust Company. This portrait of his wife was painted after her death from an earlier photograph. Alten also painted a portrait of Godfrey von Platen which may be viewed in the GVSU Gordon Gallery.
A portrait of an aging woman in a sophisticated black dress wearing a white necklace with her hair piled atop her head, pinned up.
Gift of Peter and Patricia Renucci

Painting Origin

Grand Rapids