L a - b e a u t é - s a u v e r a - l e - m o n d e ~ D o s t o ï e v s k i

L a - b e a u t é - s a u v e r a - l e - m o n d e  ~  D o s t o ï e v s k i

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

A Girl Selling Fruit in an Artist's Studio, by Albert Küchler, 1828

That awkward moment when, just trying to sell your fruit, just trying to eke out your meagre living, you go through the wrong door and come face to face with a scandalously half-dressed young fellow and his jolly and disreputable artist friends.  So very distressing....

I love all the details in the room; the top hat put out of the way on top of the bookcase, sitting cheekily on the polychrome bust.


Albert Küchler (2 May 1803, Copenhagen - 16 February 1886, Rome), Danish painter associated with the Danish Golden Age.  He mainly painted genre works and portraits.  He converted to Roman Catholicism in 1844 - much to the consternation of his friends - and seven years later, became a Franciscan friar.  He eventually settled at the San Bonaventure Monastery on Rome's Palatine Hill; given special dispensation by the Pope to continue his artistic activities, from that point on he produced only religious works.  In 1877 he was awarded membership of the Royal Academy in Copenhagen and even granted a pension from Denmark. On several occasions, Danish visitors - even members of the Royal Family - visited Küchler at the monastery.  He was highly esteemed by his contemporaries but is little remembered today. 

I also mentioned Küchler in this post.

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