Deer Hunt in Munich Landscape
Wintter, Joseph Georg (1751 Munich 1789). The Herd of Deer in Full Flight over the Fence. Two stags & three deer in spacious parkland with small accessory figures of a professional together with a boy placed back. However, besides the enchanting easiness of the scenery and the plenty of growth two splintered tree vanities mixed in (in)ignorably. Etching. Inscribed: JGWintter: inv fecc et exc: Monachÿ 1785 / I. 9 × 13¾ in (22.7 × 34.8 cm).
(Fine Hunting Bag — Pictures of Hunting)
Dr. Hanns Simon Foundation Bitburg
January 13 – March 3, 2013
Catalog Book to the Exhibition
Pages 31 (double full-page detail illustration) + 150
With 3-5 mm white margin (in this upper left two minimal tears) trimmed to platemark. Right above still extending into the subject’s hatching thin corner spot with done small tear from previous mounting, in the meadow part before the left stag’s mouth acid-freely backed thrust injury practically imperceptible in the subject.
The also in respect to the landscape rich opening sheet
for the 4-sheet set “Deer in Parks” (so, too, Weigel, sect. XIII, 1843, no. 12596; Niemeyer 66-69)
IN THE ESPECIALLY RARE FIRST STATE ON LAID PAPER
(the posthumous second state not before 1821). 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 .”
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 effect, 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”. While in the Dictionary of Monogramists (III, no. 68) of 1863 eventually
emphasizing once more expressly the scarcity of these beautiful sheets .
Offer no. 16,081 / EUR 730. / export price EUR 694. (c. US$ 839.) + shipping
„ als passionierte Reiterin sind Bilder Ridingers ein Muß! “
(Frau G. G., 9. Januar 2012)