ALTEN, MATHIAS J., 1871-1938
Smoking Paraphernalia, 1891
Oil on mahogany panel
18 1/4 x 12 in. (46.36 x 30.48 cm)
Signed/dated: M. Alten/91 lower right
This work is probably the closest the artist ever came to producing a Trompe-l'oeil painting.
The paraphernalia includes a sixteen ounce tobacco pouch and a box of Habana Cuban cigars. Alten, an
avid cigar smoker, often depicted himself in self portraits holding or smoking cigars.