Attributed to Ferdinand Georg Waldmüller (Austrian, 1793-1865)
Boy with a stable lantern bears a signature and date 'Waldmuller 1825' (to lantern, lower right) oil on panel 37 x 30cm (14 9/16 x 11 13/16in).
The present lot is a version of the famous painting by Ferdinand Georg Waldmüller that hangs in the Hamburg Kunsthalle. The two pictures are the same size and the handling of the strong chiaroscuro is very similar, albeit with a slight difference in palette. This was a popular composition and another version is also known to exist in a private collection. The Caravaggioesque use of tenebroso light effects is not typical for the artist but this was obviously a subject that interested him, and one that proved so successful that other versions were painted to meet the demand. The quality of brushwork is consistently high in both versions, which suggests it is not a studio work. In the Waldmüller catalogue written by B. Grimschitz and first published in 1957 a version is mentioned that is dated '1825' like the present lot.