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19th Century European Paintings

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Mela Muter
1876-1967
POLISH
THE WRITER GEORG POLTI
signed Muter upper left; inscribed G. Polti upper right
oil on canvas
90 by 72cm., 35½ by 28¼in
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The authenticity of this work has been confirmed by Urszula Lazowski on the basis of photographs.

Provenance

Private Collection (acquired circa 1990)
Sale: Sotheby's, London, 18 May 2011, lot 27
Purchased at the above sale by the present owner

Literature

Robert Rey, 'Mela Muter', in Art et Décoration, 1927, pp. 65-72, illustrated

Catalogue Note

Painted circa 1919-1920.

Born in 1868, George Polti was a French writer best known for his List of 36 Dramatic Situations (1900), in which he categorised every dramatic situation that might occur in a story or performance. To do this, he analysed classical Greek as well as historical and contemporary French texts. He also wrote The Art of Inventing Characters (1922).

19th Century European Paintings

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London