Johann Baptist Kirner

Children at play, 1838

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A young shepherd on all fours makes himself available as a mount for a little girl, while a young woman restrains the shepherd with reins and a riding crop. Kirner considered the idyllic Italian landscape an ideal setting in which to depict the carefree play of children. The painting may have served as a wedding present for an architect friend. Numerous reproductions and copies attest to the popularity of the motif.

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Johann Baptist Kirner. Erzähltes Leben. hrsg. von Adila Garbanzo León, Felix Reuße und Tilmann von Stockhausen. Petersberg 2021, S. 184-187, 35.
Mahlbacher, Carina ; Kirner, Johann Baptist: Johann Baptist Kirner. 1806 - 1866 ; badischer Hofmaler. Stuttgart 1983, S. 409 S, 37.

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