A beautiful oil painting by the renowned German artist Joseph Wolf (1820-99). Joseph Wolf was the finest wildlife illustrator and painter of the Victorian era. His work transformed the portrayal of animals in nature and inspired a new generation of artists.
From 1848 Wolf was working for the British Museum and became the choice of illustrator for numerous explorers and collectors. The majority of his work hung in stately homes and royal palaces around Britain, yet remained almost unknown to the general public as he avoided selling through galleries.
‘[Wolf was] without exception, the best all-round animal artist who ever lived’ (Sir Edwin Landseer, eminent Victorian animal painter).
Whether creating a charcoal sketch or a dramatic oil painting, he had a unique talent for capturing the very essence of an animal. Unlike his contemporaries, Wolf painted wild creatures in their natural setting. By revealing their moods and behaviours, he allowed us to glimpse the reality of their everyday lives. His work paved the way for the wildlife art and illustration of today. (NHM Online).
Oil on board. Signed and dated lower left. 28.5 x 38.5 cm approx. Framed.
Stock ID: 86231