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The thick, choppy brushwork of the impressionists was taken to its extreme by the German Wilhelm Trübner. As a young artist, he was exposed to the work of avant-garde French painters, such as Manet. Although Trübner’s bright, acidic colors are very different from Manet’s, the direct frontal stance of Maria Wüsthoff recalls Manet’s Skating (on display in Gallery 1220 on Level 1).

This sitter is thought to be one of Trübner’s students at the Städel art institute in Frankfurt, and when the portrait was exhibited at the seventh Berlin Secession in 1903, it garnered critical praise. Trübner was involved in several artist-organized exhibiting societies aside from the Secession. The first was the circle gathered around the charismatic painter Wilhelm Leibl, who often took the group on sketching trips into the countryside. Trübner was moved by the group’s commitment to depicting landscape, and we see that interest retained here in the lush greenery behind Maria Wüsthoff.

Identification and Creation
Object Number
Wilhelm Trübner, German (Heidelberg, Germany 1851 - 1917 Karlsruhe, Germany)
Portrait of Fräulein Maria Wüsthoff
Other Titles
Original Language Title: Dame in Weiss; Porträit des Fräulein W.
Work Type
Persistent Link
Level 2, Room 2700, European and American Art, 19th century, Impressionism and the Late Nineteenth Century
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Physical Descriptions
Oil on canvas
111 x 73.9 cm (43 11/16 x 29 1/8 in.)
framed: 125.5 x 89 cm (49 7/16 x 35 1/16 in.)
Inscriptions and Marks
  • Signed: in oil at u.r.: Trübner
  • inscription: u.r., oil paint, signed, in artist's hand: Trübner
Acquisition and Rights
Credit Line
Harvard Art Museums/Busch-Reisinger Museum, Richard Norton Memorial Fund and purchase through the generosity of the Rudolf Siedersleben'sche Otto Wolff Foundation and Melvin R. Seiden
Accession Year
Object Number
European and American Art
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Publication History

Emil Heilbut, Die Ausstellung der Berliner Secession, Kunst und Künstler, Bruno Cassirer (Berlin, 1903-1904), pp. 297-311, p.298

E. Wieland, Erste Ausstellung des Deutschen Künstlerbundes in der Münchener Sezession, Die Kunst für Alle (August 1, 1904), vol. 21, p. 497

Georg Fuchs, Wilhelm Trübner und Sein Werk, Georg Müller (Munich, 1908), no. 101, repr.

J.A. Beringer, Trübner: des Meisters Gemälde in 450 abbildungen, Deutsche Verlags-Anstalt (Stuttgart, 1917), pp. 259, 392, repr. p. 259

J.A. Beringer, Trübner: Eine Auswahl aus dem Lebenswerk des Meisters in 1010 abbildungen, Deutsche Verlags-Anstalt (Stuttgart, 1921), p. 75, repr.

Wilhelm Trübner und sein Kreis, exh. cat., Staatliche Kunsthalle Karlsruhe (Karlsruhe, 1951), p. 24, no. 100

Peter Nisbet and Emilie Norris, Busch-Reisinger Museum: History and Holdings, Harvard University Art Museums (Cambridge, MA, 1991), p. 71, ill

Peter Nisbet and Joseph Koerner, The Busch-Reisinger Museum, Harvard University Art Museums, ed. Peter Nisbet, Harvard University Art Museums and Scala Publishers Ltd. (Cambridge, MA and London, England, 2007), p. 190

Exhibition History

19th- and 20th-Century Paintings and Sculpture from the Museum's Collection, Busch-Reisinger Museum, Cambridge, 06/11/1980 - 08/31/1980

19th-Century Drawings from the Permanent Collection, Busch-Reisinger Museum, Cambridge, 09/01/1983 - 10/09/1983

German Painting 1760-1960: A New Installation, Busch-Reisinger Museum, Cambridge, 12/20/1983 - 02/19/1984

Before Expressionism: Art in Germany circa 1903, Harvard University Art Museums, Cambridge, 10/24/2003 - 02/15/2004

32Q: 2700 Impressionism, Harvard Art Museums, Cambridge, 10/13/2016 - 03/22/2018; Harvard Art Museums, Cambridge, 07/11/2018 - 07/14/2022

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