JOHANN ELIAS RIDINGER
1698 Ulm - 1767 Augsburg
Red Deer at a Glade
Most likely a preliminary drawing for a print.
Pen and brown ink, brown and gray wash, with white heightening, on
blue paper, 314 x 460 mm.
Signed and dated at the bottom right: "Joh. Elias Ridinger fecit
Private collection, Leipzig; prior to that, probably collection of
August Weigel (1773 Leipzig 1846)
After a basic education in Ulm, Ridinger moved to Augsburg about
1718/19 where he became the pupil of Georg Philipp Rugendas in the
academy. He then started a career, which made him the leading animal
artist in Germany. A specialty was the depiction of the hunt,
particular scenes involving deer. Later he founded a publishing
house for his prints. Comprising 1600 etchings, prints and
mezzotints and more than 1200 drawings, he left a huge oeuvre of
baroque animal representation. In addition to this, his painted
oeuvre also included portrait painting.
Literature on Ridinger:
Johann Elias Ridinger 1698 - 1767. Bushart, Bruno. Augsburg 1967.