Wilhelm Marstrand (b. Copenhagen 1810, d. s.p. 1873)

“En improvisator”. An Italian improviser entertaining a group of people outside an osteria. Unsigned. Drawing ink and watercolour on paper laid on paper. 19.5×32.5 cm.

The present drawing belongs to a collection of watercolours and drawings, which Danish artists presented to Gottlieb Collin as a symbol of gratitude for the many years he worked for the Art Association (Kunstforeningen).

A painting by Marstrand with the same motif but with small variations is also included in this auction (see cat. no. 23).

Literature: Karl Madsen, “Wilhelm Marstrand 1810–1873”, 1905, no. 413, reproduced p. 446.

Reproduced: “Wilhelm Marstrand: Tegninger fra Italien”, Teknisk Forlag, unknown date.

Små Kunstbøger no. 11, reproduced p. 14.

Exhibited: Charlottenborg, “Kunstforeningens Marstrandudstilling”, 1898 no. 1851.

Provenance: Assessor Gottlieb Collin; his auction 31/5–1886 no. 91; acquired by publisher Otto B. Wroblewski. His son, Louis Wroblewski inherited the drawing in 1907 and sold it in 1917 to Consul General Valdemar Glückstadt (his catalogue, 1917 no. 94). The drawing then passed on to his son, Hans Glückstadt, who sold it to shipbroker Hjalmar Bruhn, his collection, Bruun Rasmussen auction 276, 1972 no. 56, here acquired by Johan Otto Wroblewski, the son of Louis Wroblewski.


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