Genre scene from the Polish country life was executed in 1877 by famous Polish horse, military and genre painter Ludwig Gedlek, polnisch Ludwik Gędłek (1847 in Krakow - 1904 in Vienna).
Gedlek studied from 1861 to 1872 at the Academy of Fine Arts in Krakow by Wladyslaw Luszczkiewicz and thanks to the scholarship he received, he continued his studies at the Academy of Fine Arts in Vienna with Eduard Peithner von Lichtenfels and Carl Wurzinger from 1873. After completing his studies, he remained in Vienna, but maintained lively contacts with Krakow. He first showed his paintings in 1863 at the exhibition of the Society of Friends of Fine Arts in Krakow, then at the exhibitions in Lviv, Warsaw and Dresden.Our work with Polish peasants was executed by Gedlek in Vienna in 1877. In his paintings, Gedlek remained faithful to the Polish theme also in Vienna, especially in the genre images of the life of the peasants and the mounted soldiers. Almost all the pictures showed horses. His paintings found a place in the Austrian private collections and galleries, also among the Krakow and Lviv art lovers. Some of the paintings can be found in the collections of the Warsaw National Museum and in the Lviv Painting Gallery.
Literature : Prof.H.Fuchs " Die Österreichischen Maler", Vienna, 1975; Thieme/Becker 8, 1920; Poish lexicons.
Inscription: signed and dated in German: "L.Gedlek, 1877 Wien" lower right.
Technique: oil on canvas, luxuriousy original gold-plated period frame
Measurements: unframed w 22 1/4 " x h 12 1/4 " (56,5 x 31 cm); framed w 32 1/8 " x h 21 2/3" (81,5 x 55 cm)
Condition: in quite good condition due to the age, professionally restored, there is a patch on the back of the canvas.