Sat, Oct 15, 2016 10:00AM EDT - Sun, Oct 16, 2016 10:00AM EDT
Action Hunting Scene with Eight Dogs
oil on canvas
48.25 x 64 in. (sight)
A label on reverse indicates a previous owner from Maumee, OH, just near the artist's hometown.
Edmund Osthaus was the premier illustrator for the DuPont Company, and all of his subjects depicted pointers or setters engaged in the hunt, usually the DuPont family's Champion hunting dogs. This painting, exceedingly large for the artist, is exceptional becaus the artist seldom depicted as many as eight dogs in a single action scene. For that reason, it stands out as one of Osthaus' most impressive works.
Not relined. throughout, one line particularly visible along the top edge as it meets the back of the stretcher. One minuscule paint chip towards the lower left corner of the canvas, barely noticeable (upon very close examination). There is a patch on the reverse side of the canvas, upper right (reverse side). Some retouches, including one spot of in-painting in the upper left corner (5.25 x 2 in. in size) and four more just below it, much smaller (0.75 in. long or less), another spot of in-painting towards the center left, very close to the left edge (1.25 in. long). Another area pops under UV light, but it is darker under day light so it may have been an intentional difference in color. The dogs are intact and did not undergo any retouches.