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

“En improvisator”. An Italian improviser entertaining a group of people outside an osteria. Signed and dated W. M. 1853. Oil on canvas. 38×53 cm.

A watercolour by Marstrand with the same motif but with small variations is also included in this auction (see cat. no. 147).

A painting from the same year titled (in Danish): “An improvisor. A fisherman from Ischia is improvising for the young girls on his lute” with the measurements 42×57 cm was exhibited at the Mastrand exhibition at Kunstforeningen in 1898 no. 301.

Provenance: The collection of art dealer Viggo Winkel, joint owner of the Danish auction house Winkel & Magnussen. Bruun Rasmussen auction 343, 1976 no. 83, reproduced p. 21. Bruun Rasmussen auction 448, 1983 no. 67, reproduced in colour p. 69. Private Danish collection.


250,000–350,000 DKK


Price realised

200,000 DKK