WASMANN, Friedrich
(b. 1805, Hamburg, d. 1886, Meran)

Paul, Maria, and Filomena von Putzer

1870
Oil on canvas, 38 x 49 cm
Nationalgalerie, Berlin

This group portrait is strikingly reminiscent of far earlier American portraits in which the clothes, poses, and settings were all prepainted by itinerant artists, made ready for the purchaser's selection, with only the heads needing "filling in." Surprisingly, such a modest method could result in sophisticated images, close to those of the three little Putzers.