Rare Ridinger Scene
At Rutting Season in Bavaria 295 Years ago
Johann Elias Ridinger (Ulm 1698 – Augsburg 1767). Fighting Rutting Stags in the Green Pasture near Neuburg (on the Danube, Bavaria) drawn from life Anno 1722. Etching with engraving. (1743/44.) Inscribed: J. El. Ridinger sculps. et exc. A. V., otherwise in German as before. 13⅜ × 10⅛ in (34 × 25.8 cm).
Sheet 29 (Thienemann + Schwarz 271; Veit, see below, ills. 3 + 6, the latter for the toned lithograph by Menzler; cf. also the copy in Moser per Lindner, ills. col. 515) of the Representation of the Wondrous Stags and other Animals. – Compare furthermore Veit, (Joh. El. Ridinger and the Green Pasture near Neuburg) in Neuburger Kollektaneenblatt CXLV, 1997, pp. 131-143. Allthough according to this the local faithfulness is not to be taken as an absolute quantity, so nevertheless in the present case
“ the represented structure of the forest
also still corresponds to the cultivated pasture landscape of today .
Agricultural paddocks amidst of almost uncultivated pasture wood with gnarled oaks are credible and also for the time being still comprehensible. Only the light hillyness should be taken into account of the artistic freedom of the draughtsman ” – ,
so the surroundings is indeed also marginally so far especially faszinating as
situated between the sphere of activity Augsburg and Regensburg .
And the latter forms the important milestone for the development of the master’s œuvre. Here namely he worked during three years, at least still/already in 1719, on invitation for the electoral Brandenburgian comital-envoy Baron Wolf (so ADB; Kilian/Thienemann = Count) von Metternich.
Thienemann sets the work in context to the motifs of the other two rutting sheets of the set described under positions 269 + 270 and likewise drawn “from nature” in Starnberg and Schleißheim near Munich and says hereto in the introduction to no. 269 :
“ This and the two following plates (additionally 282 as noted there, too) have other sizes and appearances, also much smaller figures, hence they even should not belong to this collection (of the Wondrous Stags). At the 1825 new edition the numbers are polished and (together with 282) sold as a special little suite under the title ‘Rutting Stags’ … above rounded and with wide border. ”
Ref. no. 14,998 / in stock – not cataloged / request description & offer
Also ask for Th. 266 as
the second one of the two Neuburg plates