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Artist
Alfred-Philippe Roll
Title
Admiral Krantz
Date
1891
Medium
oil on canvas
Dimensions
Canvas: 29 × 23 1/16 inches (73.7 × 58.6 cm)Framed: 34 1/2 × 28 1/2 × 2 1/2 inches (87.6 × 72.4 × 6.4 cm)
Tags
Painting
Credit Line
Museum purchase.
Accession Number
1910.8
A native of Paris, Alfred Philippe Roll attended the École des Beaux-Arts, where he studied under Henri-Joseph Harpignies and Charles-François Daubigny, both landscape artists with strong connections to the Barbizon school. Roll became a favorite of the French government, which appreciated the “acceptable modernity” of his style. He completed numerous official government portraits, commemorative pictures, and grandiose public murals. He was a Salon juror, as well as a co-founder and president of the Société Nationale des Beaux-Arts. In 1883 he was made a chevalier, and ultimately a commander, of the French Legion of Honor.

This portrait of Vice Admiral Jules François Emile Krantz, naval officer and Minister of Marine in the French government, was painted aboard the flagship of the French naval base at Toulon. It was purchased by Gari Melchers, the Telfair’s fine arts advisor from 1906 to 1916, for the museum’s permanent collection in 1910.