19TH CENTURY FRENCH STILL LIFE
WITH DEAD GAME
Item # LFA172
Antique French oil on canvas depicting hunting trophies. Circa 1880s. The kill includes a wild hare and various birds hanging from a nail. Painted in subdued earth tones with a soft diffusion of light. Gilt wood frame. This still life featuring the result of a successful day's hunt was acquired from a French hunting lodge in the Western Loire region of France.
Still lifes with hunting motifs became popular in Dutch art in the latter part of the seventeenth century, at a time when Dutch society grew wealthier and more refined. Willem van Aelst (1627–1683), who worked in Paris and Florence before settling in Amsterdam, was one of the first still life painters to depict hunting trophies. His superb skill in rendering the illusion of fur, feathers, and flesh set a major precedent for later French, British and American painters of sporting scenes. Many such paintings create a heightened sense of reality by featuring full-scale representations of the objects they portray, as in the life-sized animals in this unsigned painting by a French artist.
h - 54.25" framed
w - 42.75" framed
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