The Spirit of Time
Medium:Reproduction of Original Graphite on paper
Reproduction of sketchbook from Mathias Alten. Image includes three women stand upright above the ground while men on horses charge into battle in the background.
By the time of his death in 1938, Mathias Alten had gained national and international renown for a body of work that included his observations of Grand Rapids over a period of 50 years. Long recognized for their artistic merit, these works are also important historical documents. The events, people and scenes he painted preserve Michigan's second city at one of the most vibrant periods in its history.