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Painting Title An Aside in the Theatre
Collection York Art Gallery
Artist Barthel, Paul (German artist, 1862-1933)
Previously attributed to Barthel, T.
Date 1892 (dated)
Signed yes
Description The painting shows a very close view of what is probably a box in the theatre: a young woman, depicted from behind, is turning around and whispering some remarks towards the viewer, perhaps directed at an unseen young man. To the right is her unnoticing companion, an old man sitting next to her, seen from behind. The stage visible in the background is the lightest part of the painting, sketchily painted. The painting shows that Paul Berthel was influenced by French Impressionism: the picture contains a scene of everyday city life, shown in a close view; the composition is open and asymmetrical, and the artist has introduced impasto and impressionistic lighting effects.
Current Accession Number YORAG : 179
Inscription front lr 'P. Barthel 1892'
Subject everyday life; figure; interior
Measurements 35.6 x 45.1 cm
Material oil on canvas
Acquisition Details Bequeathed by Major R. W. Richardson 1916.
Publications York Art Gallery Catalogue - Catalogue of Paintings, Vol. III: English and European 19th and 20th centuries, The Reserve Collection, City of York Art Gallery, York, 1974, p. 95, as by T. Barthel; Oil Paintings in Public Ownership. North Yorkshire, London, 2006, p. 237 as by T. Barthel.
Notes The painting has until now been referred to as by the unidentified T. Barthel, which is probably the result of misinterpretation of the signature.
Rights Owner York Museums Trust (York Art Gallery)
Author Dr Magdalena Łanuszka



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