This evocative painting by the Germany landscape and hunting-scene artist, etcher and illustrator Christian Johann Kröner (1938-1911) shows a scene which is characteristic for him; a foggy morning depiction of stag deer. The mood is highly charged; the painting shows a dominant male deer and his contender facing each other head on. They are surrounded by wide landscapes; forests, meadows - leading to a vaguely discernible chain of mountains in the far background. The middle-ground shows a group of roe and a small village. A masterful composition with delectable execution!
The artist’s signature ‘CH. Kröner’ can be found on the lower right. The painting and its monumental gilded frame with laurel leaf decoration are in good apparent condition. The canvas has been reinforced on the reverse side, towards the upper edge, which is manifest on the front through the colour corrections done on the sky. Two tears in the canvas have apparently been restored. The canvas displays slight craquelure and very slight loss of colour. The frame shows some abrasions and flaking of colour, both barely noticeable. The piece measures 126.5 cm by 169 cm in its frame and 98.5 by 144 cm without its frame.
Christian Johann Kröner (1838-1911)
Christian Johann Kröner was born in Rinteln an der Weser and died in Düsseldorf in 1911. He was originally a decorative painter, only dedicating himself fully to art in 1861. Kröner worked autodidactically in Munich and Düsseldorf, creating mostly landscapes in the forest of Teutoburg, the Harz mountain range and the Rügen area. His works are defined by evocative moods and strong colourations. Kröner was awarded a gold medal at the Berlin Expo. He was a member of the Berlin Academy and a professor by royal appointment.