Krüger, Eugen (Altona/Hamburg 1832 – Düsternbrook/Kiel 1876). Wood Grouse Courting. (Morning.) Cowered behind a rock on the hilltop the hunter points his gun at the courting capercaillie. Mountain and fir wood decoration. Chalk lithograph printed with grey-olive tone plate for Boyes & Geisler in Hamburg. (1861-62.) Inscribed: Gez. u. Lith. (sic!) v. E. Krüger, caption in German as before. 10⅝ × 12½ in (26.9 × 31.9 cm).
From the 22-sheet album Die Jagd gezeichnet und lithographiert von Eugen Krüger (Souhart 275) published in 7 (!) installments. – With the printer’s address “Druck von Winckelmann & Söhne in Berlin”. – On light cardboard. – On the back slightly foxing, on the front perceptible in the white margin only.
Not in Schwerdt! – Boetticher I/2 (1895), 808 f., Rump (1912; new ed. 1980 and, enlarged, 2005 & 2013) & Thieme-Becker XXI (1927), 593 (bibliographically mixing with the one here with besides erroneous dates “1860” and “2nd ed. 1865”) each with but the autonomous set Wild und Wald of likewise 22 lithographs published 1866/67 by Otto Meissner in Hamburg.
As a whole the in such a way largely unknown, painterly suite – “was the first in Hamburg to produce color lithographs” (Th.-B., at the same time emphasizing Krüger’s “painterly technique close to Ruths and Geißler”) – is
of the greatest rarity.
Krüger, “landscape and animal painter, also lithographer … learned lithography in Altona and in Vienna, before he turned to landscape painting … settled (after travels and studies in Dusseldorf) in Hamburg where he started his album on hunting ‘Wild und Wald’, that, completed in 1867, was honored with the Prussian Medal of the Arts”. His travels led him throughout Europe, his early death caused his work being small and thus desired. “An ‘Eugen Krüger (Memorial) Exhibition’ with works mostly in private collections … took place in Hamburg in early 1877” (Boetticher).
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