The  Coarse  Boar’s  Tender  Charm

Wintter, Joseph Georg (1751 Munich 1789). Coarse Boar before Hissing Snake. Standing below forest tree. Etching. 1784? 3⅞ × 5⅞ in (9.9 × 14.8 cm).

Niemeyer 57. – Cannot be related in Nagler if not belonging to his omnibus number 21. By composition yet related to the larger “Wild Boar by the Tree” (Niemeyer 28; Nagler 8, 3) from 1784. So then also inscribed in pencil by a previous owner “J. G. Wintter 1784 sc.”. By other old hand besides “Cat. No. 1299”. – In the upper right white plate field and paper margin resp. four quite faint brown spots, otherwise impeccable.

Already not present anymore in the Augsburg omnibus edition Schwerdt III, 190, a ( “Rare”, 1928 ) of 1821 the earliest. In such a manner then

particularly  rare ,

Joseph Georg Wintter, Coarse Boar before Hissing Snake

marvelous  impression  supposedly  before  the  letter

on wide-margined light laid paper with torso of a typographic/figurative watermark.

As then also Weigel attested the early consummate 1857 on occasion of the here otherwise not provable 137-sheet complete edition per lot 21336 of his art stock catalog:

“ Most  sheets  very  rare .”

Ridinger’s The Bear frightened of 1738 (Th. 432) should have stood sponsor to this graphically quite delicate sheet, but

what  an “ easiness  of  being ” here !

Wintter was electoral Bavarian Court and Hunt Engraver and member of the electoral academy at Dusseldorf and 1787 he was promoted even court chamber councilor as

rare  “ (a)mong  those  numerous  court  and  independent  artists

of  the  Electoral  Palatinate  Bavarian  court ”

(pope of forest cameralists Wilhelm Gottfried von Moser, b. 1729, from the “famous family of cameralists” [Heß in Allgemeine Deutsche Biographie] 1788 in Forst-Archiv [IV, 280 ff.]), who nevertheless till today remained outside of the small, yet growing circle of intimate connoisseurs under the lee of Ridinger and his continuing overwhelming impact, irrespective of voices of important contemporaries calling to attention just like von Moser with his however in this manner not to be adopted conclusion

“ always  better  than  Riedinger ”

or Lorenz von Westenrieder of the same age (b. 1748, theologian, yet especially historian; “has generally an impressionable eye for scenic beauties” [Höhn]), who praised him highly in his 1783 “Almanac of Human History in Bavaria” and in 1785 wrote to Christian Felix Weisse, friend of Lessing’s and playwright in Leipsic:

“ This  man  has  extraordinary  talents .”

Finding its expression ultimately in the statement of Thieme-Becker XXXVI (1947), 79 f.

“ Next  Ridinger  the  best  German  depictor  of  the  hunt  of  the  18th century ”

after yet already 1909 and 1921 resp. Höhn (Studien zur Entwicklung der Münchener Landschaftsmalerei v. Ende d. 18. u. v. Anfang des 19. Jh.: “one of the earliest“ among “the early beginnings of Munich Landscape Painting”) and Wolf (Die Entdeckung der Münchener Landschaft, illustrating seven of his etchings) resp. had put him into starting holes unrelated to the hunt.

Present work once more belonging to the hunt, though a sidetrack, in such a manner speaking for itself. And at the same time confirming also in this regard Nagler’s note of 1851 in the Künstler-Lexicon, according to which he

“ yet  preferred … to  do  his  studies  in  the  hunting  ground ”  itself .

And, continuing, his “etchings are excellent and are in the treatment between those by Hollar and Riedinger”. To eventually emphasize 1863 once again expressly in the Dictionary of Monogramists (III, no. 68) the rarity of these beautiful sheets. One of them then today + here.

Offer no. 15,666 / EUR  585. / export price EUR  556. (c. US$ 672.) + shipping

„ danke für die prompte Lieferung der beiden hübschen Cassas-Blätter (von Antiochia). Den Überweisungsauftrag gab ich gestern zur Bank. Viele Grüße und ein schönes Wochenende … “

(Herr K. O., 6. Februar 2009)