Here is quotation from animal encyclopedia for the motive of of our work: "... The live of hares remains constant throughout most of the year. But there are days when his behavior changes dramatically. This is the period of mating, when caution and "prudence" leave the hares. Almost the whole day, especially in the morning and evening, not to mention the night, they rush over the grounds in search of a couple. The hare is haunted by a few hares, between which a fierce fights are taking place because of the long-haired beauty. The female often mates several males in a row."
This animalistic painting with fighting hares was executed by very good listed German animalist painter Carl Friedrich Deiker (1836 Wetzlar - 1892 Duesseldorf). He came from the family of famous landscape and animalistic painters: he was a son of German animalistic painter Friedrich Deiker , younger brother of Johannes Christian Friedrich D., father of Hans D. First study by the father in Wetzlar, then to the Drawing Akademy Hanau, since 1858 at the art school in karlsruhe under j.W.Schirmer, here his first monumental hunting painting (Estate of Great Herzog of Baden), in 1850 travelled for study to Reinhardswald, from where came two large boar hunt scenes , one of them was purchased by Great Prince Mihail of Russia, and the second - by Margrave Max of Baden. In 1861 he moved inKarlruhe in own studio. In 1864 he moved to Duesseldorf, where he worked 4 years with his older brother Johannes Christian D. His hunt scenes are more dramatic and less still in contrast to animal works of his brother Johann Christian Deiker. In Duesseldorf, he immediately attracted a lot of attention with his 1868 issued painting: "Victims of Red Deer", which came into possession of the Grand Duke of Odenburg. D.broken first a really big train in the art animal paintings by based upon an old Dutch tradition, mainly to Snyder´s model. Unlike his brother, the animal usually represented in a state of rest, he loved the strong movements , described in a masterly way the desperate struggle of the game.. His favorite animals were Wildssau, the deer and the dog. Since 1870, he fired academic prestigious exhibitions in Berlin and Dresden, the international art exhibitions in Munich and the exhibitions in Dusseldorf and Hannover. He also worked as an illustrator for famous magazines.
Works: Wallraf-Richartz-Museum in Cologne; City painting gallery in Dueseldorf; Hamburg Kunsthalle; Karlsruhe Kunsthalle. In 1892 - personallity memory exhibition in Duesseldorf.
Literature: "General Artist´s Lexicon " by Thieme/Becker, Leipzig, 1999.
Inscription: signed and dated 1888 lower right.
Technique: oil on canvas. Original period gilt frame.
Measurements: unframed w 11 3/4" x h 15 3/4" (30 x 40 cm), framed w 18 1/2" x h 22 1/2" (47 x 57 cm).
Condition: in very good condition, old relining of canvas.