A colourful pair of 18th century oil paintings of exotic and European birds. The first work depicts a Golden Pheasant and Silver Pheasant in a landscape. Further birds (possibly female pheasants), ducks and a castle ruin can be seen in the distance. The second painting features a rare and unusual white and brown pheasant together with a duck set in a wooded landscape. A colourful Jay perches on a branch above and an abbey ruin is visible through the trees beyond.
Johann Heinrich Tischbein was born in Haina in 1712, the son of a carpenter. His uncle was the artist Johann Heinrich Tischbein the Elder (1722-1789) and it was from him that he received art tuition. His brother, Johann Heinrich Wilhelm also became an artist. Tischbein spent some time in the Netherlands painting landscapes before returning to Germany and settling in Kassel where his uncle lived. In 1775, he was appointed Director of an art gallery his uncle had set up on behalf of William VIII, Landgrave of Hesse-Kassel. In addition to painting portraits and animal paintings he also produced a number of engravings. He died in Kessel in 1808.
During the 17th and 18th century exotic birds became a status symbol as only the very wealthy could afford them. They would have been imported to the European menageries and aviaries owned by the rich of the time who would have commissioned artists to show off their prize birds.
Artists such as Tischbein capitalised on the growing fashion for paintings of colourful exotic birds mixed with the more familiar bird species found in Europe such as Jays, woodpeckers and wild waterfowl. They were often set them within landscapes as in these fine examples here.
The paintings are housed in new, English made ebonised frames, which are in excellent condition.
|Image Size||14.5 inches x 17.25 inches (37cm x 44cm)|
|Framed Size||19 inches x 21.75 inches (48.5cm x 55.5cm)|