Knucks Down

by Karl Witkowski (1860–1910)
Oil on canvas
24⅛ x 28⅛ inches
Signed upper left: Witkowski


Private collection, Washington, DC

Sale, Freeman’s, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, December 13, 2021, lot 64, from above

Private collection, New York, New York

Note: This work is emblematic of Karl Witkowski’s genre paintings, which often depict young newsboys in urban scenes.

Artist Biography

Born in Austria or Poland in 1860, Karl Witkowski is known for his genre paintings. His work typically features scenes of newsboys and children in urban settings, and his style has been compared to that of John George Brown (1831–1913). Witkowski received his formal education at the Czartkow Academy of Art and at the prestigious Académie Julian in Paris, where he studied from 1887 to 1888. After immigrating to the United States, he lived and worked primarily in New Jersey. Witkowski’s paintings were exhibited at the National Academy of Design in 1899. Today, his work may be found in the

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