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1885 Herman Hartwich Born: New York, New York 1853 Died: Munich, Germany 1926 oil on canvas 11 1/8 x 8 3/4 in. (28.4 x 22.2 cm) Smithsonian American Art Museum Gift of Emily Dorothy Ammann 1965.14.9 Smithsonian American Art Museum
Luce Foundation Center, 3rd Floor, 10B

Luce Center Label

According to an inscription, this painting shows a monkey named Chico that lived in Herman Hartwich's studio. The artist had just punished him for behaving badly, which probably explains the creature's downcast expression. The rough outlines and unfinished edges suggest that Hartwich painted this piece quickly, perhaps because the monkey did not stay still for very long.


Animal - monkey

State of being - mood - meditation


paint - oil

fabric - canvas