Model with Black Mantilla

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Mathias Alten's Grand Rapids changed dramatically during his lifetime. The city he encountered upon first coming to West Michigan from Germany in 1889 was far different by the time of his death in 1938. Between those two points were nearly 50 years of population increases, changing business and political leaders, and evolving cultural institutions and social norms. During his lifetime, Mathias Alten captured many Grand Rapids scenes and residents on his canvases. The model's name is Ida Mae Harveson and this painting was most likely completed soon after his return from Spain.
Woman with dark hair and dark veil with a white clip sitting on wooden chair.
Gift of Anita Gilleo

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Grand Rapids