The Cleveland Museum of Art

Collection Online as of March 21, 2018

The Young Eastern Woman, 1838

oil on fabric, Framed: 106.5 x 90.5 x 9 cm (41 7/8 x 35 5/8 x 3 1/2 in.); Unframed: 88.5 x 71.5 cm (34 13/16 x 28 1/8 in.). Mr. and Mrs. William H. Marlatt Fund 1991.163

Although the artist provocatively titled this painting Young Eastern Woman, it is obvious that the model is not Asian, but merely wears a Turkish costume. The rich fabrics and glowing light create an exotic atmosphere, revealing a Western fascination with "Oriental" images and themes.

Vienna, kk Akademie der Bildenden Künste. Wiener Kunstaustellung zu St. Anna (1838), no. 282.
Osterreichische Galerie Belvedere, Vienna (3/26/2003 - 6/22/2003): "Friedrich von Amerling (1803-1887)," no. 69, p. 219.
Wien: Wien Museum Hermesvilla. Orientalische Reise: Malerei Und Exotick Im Spaten 19. Jahrhundert. Oct. 16, 2003 - April 12, 2004. Exh. cat. fig. 8, p. 43.

1838-c. 1852 Mathias Feldmüller (the Younger), Vienna, sold to Jakob Fellner1
c. 1852-1871 Jakob Fellner, Vienna2
1871 (P. Kaeser, Vienna, Fellner sale, Dec. 14-15, 1871, lot 9, as "Die Morgenländerin," sold to Löscher)
1871- Löscher, Vienna3
Until 1883 Baron Franz Wertheim [1814-1883], Vienna, by descent to his heirs4
Probably 1883-1971 Heirs of Franz Wertheim, United States, sold to the Galerie Sanct Lucas
1971 (Galerie Sanct Lucas, Vienna, sold to the Cleveland Museum of Art)
1971- The Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland, Ohio


1According to Amerling's account book, the painting was sold to Feldmüller, a wood merchant, for 80 ducats. The painting may have been paired with Amerling's "Bathing Woman" (now lost). Feldmüller also purchased works from Amerling in 1836, 1840, and 1850.

2Fellner bought most of the Feldmüller collection shortly after 1852.

3Löscher was a Viennese dealer active in the 1870s.

4Gunther Probszt’s 1927 book on Amerling situates the painting in the collection of Baron Franz Wertheim. Because Wertheim died in 1883, it is possible that Probszt meant to indicate that the painting was formerly with Wertheim, or that the painting was currently with Wertheim’s heirs, perhaps Franz von Wertheim, Jr., who was born in 1865.


Galerie Sanct Lucas, invoice, March 1, 1992, in CMA curatorial file.

P. Kaeser. Tabl. 120. Dec. 14-15, 1871.

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