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Obraz przedstawia scenę polowania. W centrum kompozycji znajduje się samotny jeździec na galopującym brązowym koniu otoczony sforą psów. Postać ukazana jest w ruchu, pejzaż wokół niej jest rozmyty i wibrujący. Jeździec ma na sobie jasną długą szatę, zielone spodnie oraz wysokie szare buty z cholewami. Za pasem zatknięty ma złoty róg, a w prawej ręce trzyma buławę. Na drugim planie, z przodu przed postacią, widoczna jest grupa psów, które dopadły zwierzynę - szarego dzika. Za nimi znajduje się mniej wyraźny horyzont lasu. Z tyłu za jeźdźcem, na dalszym planie, ukazane są drobne sylwetki pozostałych członków polowania. Niebo nad postaciami jest gładkie szaro-beżowe.

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  • Title: Hunt
  • Creator: Józef Brandt (1841-1915)
  • Date created: 1900
  • Physical Dimensions: 101 x 62 cm
  • Provenance: In the collection of the Polish Museum in Rapperswil since 1978 (a gift, bequeathed in the last will of Iza Landsberger-Poznańska).
  • Type: Painting
  • Medium: Oil on canvas
  • About the author: Józef Brandt, (1841 Szczebrzeszyn – 1915 Radom), A painter, outstanding representative of the military art trend in the European painting of the second half of the 19th century. In 1870s and 80s he was the leader of the Polish artistic colony in Munich. Brandt’s intensive and technically unmatched artwork represents all advantages and disadvantages of the European historical painting, being at the same time its native, typically Polish variant. Adored by his fellow countrymen in his lifetime (as much as by German art dealers buying his paintings directly from the Munich studio and selling them all over Europe and overseas), that extraordinary romantic-military art painter, defined by Henryk Sienkiewicz as a “steppe poet”, went down in the history of Polish art (along with Juliusz Kossak) as a discoverer and bard of the Ukrainian exotic landscape, but also as the borderland and Mazovian folklore researcher, the author of expressive battles, picturesque hunting events and fairs. Starting with the realistic, academic craftsmanship, he sought inspiration mainly in the national romantic literature and in the past – in order to boost the morale of the country he depicted successes of the Polish army, revealing at the same time passion for rustic themes, genre scenes. Brandt’s paintings were also popular in Lodz. They were ordered and sold, among others, in the Artistic Salon of Zygmunt Bartkiewicz.

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