A lion hunting two deer
Property from the Estate of Paul Kasmin
Kortrijk 1576 - 1639 Utrecht
A lion hunting two deer
signed lower center: ROELANT/SAVERY and inscribed with an old inventory number lower right: R.F. 156.
oil on panel, circular
panel diameter: 24 3/4 in.; 63 cm.
framed: 29 3/4 by 30 1/4 in.; 75.6 by 76.8 cm.
This painting is in quite good state, with a very lively paint layer, with lots of detail throughout. The distant landscape is beautiful, as are the animals and the grasses and flowers in the foreground. The breath of the stag at left is even suggested with puffs of white paint, and the block letters of the signature at lower left/center as well as the inventory number of the Fideikommiss at lower right are all still strong. This round panel is uncradled, planar and seems to be healthy. Under uv: there is very little, a few touches here and there. Along the panel joins, about 1/3 from the top and from there bottom, there is restoration along these original joins, as is common. This picture is impressive and recommendable.
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This painting is a late work by Savery, dated by Kurt J. Müllenmeister to circa 1620 (see Literature). By that date, Savery had returned to the Netherlands from Prague, where he had been in the service of Emperor Rudolph II from around 1603-1613. While there, the artist made numerous detailed studies of animals and birds in the menageries and hunting grounds of Rudolph and continued to use these as reference for later paintings. Rudolph had sent Savery on an expedition to the Tyrol in circa 1606-07 where he made drawings of mountains and waterfalls that also served as inspiration in his landscapes.
In Utrecht, where he settled after 1619, Savery found a steady demand for his landscapes among a large and prosperous class of buyers who were fascinated by his fantastical scenes and wild animals. This painting, depicting a lion chasing two deer through a dramatic mountainous ravine with a cascade in the background, would have been highly exotic compared to the more realistic landscapes being produced by Savery’s Dutch contemporaries.