It’s fascinating to compare them side by side as you can examine the differences, which provides insight into the artist’s thinking. For example, note the angle of the gentleman’s head - it’s straight on in this study yet turned slightly to the right in the final version. The right hand is also a little lower. What else can you spot?
Carl Meyer was a conscientious artist that tended to depict the most downtrodden in society. He painted with empathy for those who had little and as such was often referred to as the ‘poor man’s painter’.
He produced a number of large canvases during the First World War and this was probably one of them.
The painting is signed/dated in the lower right.
Medium: Oil on canvas Overall size: 37” x 33” / 94cm x 84cm Year of creation: 1918 Provenance: Denmark Condition: Very presentable. Artist’s auction highlight: £12,100 achieved for ‘A young girl in an interior’ at Sotheby’s in 1989.