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Lynx in the Forest, c. 1835

Leopold Museum,
Oil on paper on cardboard
28.3×21.8 cm


  • Friedrich Gauermann

    (Scheuchenstein near Miesenbach 1807–1862 Vienna)

Unfortunately not on display at the moment
In this oil study, Friedrich Gauermann (1807–1862) used a composition he had devised around 1830 for depictions of fighting animals. The backdrop of the scene, rendered in a horizontal format, is made up of a towering cliff face. The lower left corner of the depiction features a lynx which has caught sight of the red deer on the rock face’s plateau. A ray of light coming from above illuminates the wildcat as well as a section of the cliff, and also creates reflections in the alpine stream at the bottom of the depiction. The play of light and darkness invests the scene with a sense of tension and drama. The Biedermeier painter modeled his landscape depictions mostly on the area surrounding his birthplace and hometown of Miesenbach in Lower Austria, as well as on the Salzkammergut region. For his animal depictions, showing lynxes, bears and wolves, Gauermann derived inspiration from the engravings of Johann Elias Ridinger (1698–1767) and Carl Borromäus Andreas Ruthart (c. 1630–1703), and also executed sketches at Schönbrunn zoo.

Object data

  • Friedrich Gauermann
Lynx in the Forest
c. 1835
Art movement
Oil on paper on cardboard
28.3×21.8 cm
Credit line
Leopold Museum, Vienna, Inv. 768
Inventory access
Contributed to the Leopold Museum-Privatstiftung in 1994
Selection of Reference works
  • Rupert Feuchtmüller: Friedrich Gauermann, Rosenheim 1987.
Catalogue raisonne
  • R. Feuchtmüller 1987: 158

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Provenance research
Leopold Museum i
Dr. Rudolf Leopold, Wien (o.D.);
Leopold Museum-Privatstiftung, Wien (seit 1994).

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