Traveling Actor’s Misfortune, oil on panel, 1847, by Belgian genre artist Joseph Stevens, 1816-1902. This painting is in the Museum of the Academy of Arts in Petrograd, Russia.
With the death of his performing monkey, the actor has lost his way to make a living and likely a friend, too. This painting makes me incredibly sad in its loneliness. It is obviously cold and the actor’s possessions are gathered into one trunk. The dog sitting behind him looks to the distraught actor for answers. They all look very hungry.
Joseph Stevens was the older brother of Alfred Stevens, 1823-1906, also an artist.