An agitated Wolf

Carl Borromäus Andreas Ruthart

Gdansk 1630 - after 1703 L´Aquila

An agitated Wolf

Oil on paper, laid down on canvas
22,8 x 28 cm

After training in Gdansk Ruthart experienced a first sejourn in Rome. He then settled in Antwerp for two years from 1663 to 1664 where he studied Flemish animal painting, especially the work of Jan Fyt and Frans Snyders. He subsequently specialized in the depiction of animals - in particular wild animals - in rest, in conflict, fighting or being hunted.

A group of Ruthart's oil studies of animals from life was retained by the artist and utilized by him troughout his career as references for his larger compositions. Nine examples passed to the collection of the Marchesi Strozzi in Florence and were dispersed at auction in 1993. The present study of a wolf is one of these. It was used by Ruthart in several compositions, including the signed painting 'Wild Animals in a Mountain Gorge' (National Museum, Stockholm)

The Marchesi Strozzi, Palazzo Strozzi, Florence
Christie's London, May 20, 1993, lot 315
Private collection, New York (1993-2017)