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CARL ERNST VON STETTEN | Italians in Paris

10,000 - 15,000 USD
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  • Carl Ernst von Stetten
  • Italians in Paris 
  • signed C. von. Stetten, inscribed Paris, and dated 1888 (lower right)
  • oil on canvas
  • 62 1/2 by 40 in.
  • 159 by 101.5 cm


Sale: Sotheby's, New York, October 23, 2007, lot 102, illustrated
Acquired at the above sale


Paris, Salon des Artistes Français, 1888, no. 2491
Munich, Internationalen Kunstaustellung, 1888, no. 2232
Chicago, World's Columbian Exposition, no. 121 
Dresden, Akademiesche Kunst-Ausstellung, 1894
Berlin, Berliner Kunst-Ausstellung, 1894
Pittsburgh, Carnegie Art Galleries, no. 62

Catalogue Note

Carl von Stetten was a Bavarian portrait and genre painter who joined the Parisian atelier of Jean-Léon Gérôme in the 1880s. Here he became close friends with fellow artists Pascale Adolphe Jean Dagnan-Bouveret and Gustave Courtois, who would become his lifelong companion. Dagnan-Bouveret used his friends as models frequently, as seen in a painting he gifted to Gérôme, Hamlet et les Fossoyeurs, where Courtois is featured as Horatio and Stetten as Hamlet. A comparable work by Stetten, The Image Seller (1887, whereabouts unknown), was included in the collection of George I. Seney and described as “An Italian vender of plaster images has set his wares up for sale on one of the bridges crossing the Seine. A portion of his stock is displayed on the balustrade against which he leans. His extra supply is packed in a wicker basket… a steamboat, passing on the river, is seen through the balustrade, and in the distance the towers of the Trocadero are outlined against the gray sky of a Parisian autumn or spring” (Mr. George I. Seney’s Important Collection of Modern Paintings, American Art Galleries, New York, February 11, 12 and 13, lot 254).

The two smock-clad artisans pictured on the banks of the Seine are surely mouleurs de plâtres, selling plaster casts of well-known sculptures. At left there is a cast of a Tanagra terracotta figure; to the right is a large plaster cast after the bronze statue Narcissus from the Naples National Museum, and at the far right is a cast of Jean-Antoine Houdon’s Winter, 1787.