"Two fawn on the meadow", this landscape painting was executed by by German painter of Dusseldorf School Albert Holz (1884 Düsseldorf - 1954 ibid.).
Initially self-taught, he studied privately in Düsseldorf from 1908 with the animal and landscape painter Christian Kröner. He then trained with Georg Hacker in Düsseldorf. Until 1928, Hacker was the director of the painter´s hall at the Stadttheater; from 1919 to 1928 he also headed the stage design class at the Düsseldorf Art Academy. As a pupil of Hackers, he was sometimes employed as a painter at the Düsseldorf City Theater.
In the Düsseldorf exhibitions, Holz already attracted attention through one of his first pictures, a view of Neuss, which was followed by other architectural representations, such as "The market square in Düsseldorf" with the stands of the market women and their customers in front of the equestrian statue of Jan Wellem. [1 ] Then he devoted himself increasingly and entirely to the successor of his first teacher Christian Kröner to landscape painting, whose motifs he found in the Eifel, on the Moselle and on the Lower Rhine. He characterized the landscapes in the typical moods of the day and the seasons and often enlivened them with grazing sheep or packs. Winter motifs show lurking fox in front of the mouse hole in the snow, lacing fox in the snow or wild boar pack in winter. Occasionally people are included in the compositions, such as a farmer with scythe in gorse flower in the Eifel with shepherd and herd. Since the artist did not date his work, it is difficult to classify it in time. A special order for Albert Holz was the panoramas for the outdoor enclosures of the Düsseldorf Zoo, Nordland and African Steppe. was probably created in connection with the renewal of the polar bear complex, 1925, and the preparation of the Reich exhibition Schaffendes Volk (Motto Africa in Düsseldorf), 1937. Watercolors and drawings, especially depictions of animals, have also become known to the artist.
Literature: artist dictionary by Vollmer (in German), Leipzig, 1956; Hans Paffrath (ed.): Lexicon of the Düsseldorf painting school 1819-1918. Volume 2; Saur , General artist lexicon, München/ Leipzig 2000; on-line wikipedia.
Inscription: signed and titled Ddf (Duesseldorf), lower right.
Technique: oil on canvas. Original period silver frame.
Measurements: unframed w 39 1/2" x h 28" (100,5 x 71 cm), framed w 50 1/8" x h 38 2/3" (127,5 x 98 cm)
Condition: in very good condition.