Isn't nature the same on both sides of the Rhine? At least, judging from the artistic representations, the French and Germanic image of it is clearly different. Are the forests more mysterious in Germany, the deer more imposing and their territory wilder? In any case, hunting practices and the place of the hunter in these societies are not the same.
Through a panorama made up of emblematic works (paintings and drawings) from various German and Swiss museums, and covering the period 1830-1914, the exhibition highlights the Germanic specificities in the way hunting is represented. This abundant artistic production remains largely unknown in France. The romantic hunts serving as a pretext for expressing the beauty of the landscape, followed a diversified production exalting the conviviality of the hunt, the pride of the hunter or the expressive power of the game. Admittedly, the latter is inseparable from the figure of the deer bellowing with open throats, which has become, in Germanic cultural space, the archetype of kitsch. But many painters have taken a different path. Thus, the members of the “Leibl circle”, these authentic representatives of “realism” initiated in France by Gustave Courbet, have been able to develop an original and strong mode of representation.
The exhibition also reserves a special place for one of the masters of the Dresden School, the painter Ferdinand von Rayski (1806-1890). His “Hunting stop in the Wermsdorf forest”, which was commissioned by the court of Saxony, was recently acquired by the Museum of Hunting and Nature. This painting plays an important role in the artistic career of the contemporary painter Georg Baselitz who used the preparatory study kept at the Dresden Museum in various works.
The exhibition is an opportunity to organize a face-to-face meeting between these two artists, from different times and different temperaments, but for whom wildlife and hunting are a source of inspiration.
62, rue des Archives 75003 Paris
The museum is open every day except Monday and public holidays,
11 a.m. to 18 p.m., 11 a.m. to 21:30 p.m. Wednesday.
Full price: 8 euros
Reduced price: 6 euros