Prof. Friedrich Voltz, attr., portrait of a cattle
Side view of a stately spotted cow standing on a meadow, minimal pasty animal painting with skilful lighting, oil on linen-lined cardboard, about 1880, inscribed "Fr. Voltz zugeschr. Münchner Tiermaler" on the reverse, retouching, framed, rebate size approx. 30 x 44 cm. Artist info: actually Johann Friedrich Voltz, german Graphic artist, animal and landscape painter (1817 Nördlingen to 1886 Munich), first pupil of his father Johann Michael Voltz (1784-1858) as well as active as an etcher and lithographer, studied at the Munich Academy from 1834, but remained largely self-taught. From 1843-46 he undertook various study trips to Württemberg studs and through the Bavarian high mountains, to Northern Italy, Tyrol, Belgium and Holland as well as to Vienna, Berlin and Paris, from 1835 influenced by Albrecht Adam, was inspired in Holland by Barend Cornelis Koekkoek and, since the 1850s, by his friends Eduard Schleich the Elder and Carl Spitzweg, initially until the early 1840s mainly painters of the Bavarian Alps, then turning to landscape painting with animal staffage, especially cattle, 1871 with Schleich study trip to Italy, from 1864 honorary member of the Munich Academy, 1869 member of the Berlin Academy and 1870 of the Vienna Academy, represented among others in the Neue Pinakothek Munich and the Berlin National Gallery, received various honors and was awarded the title of "King Ludwig II. In 1863 awarded the royal Bavarian titles of professor and in 1867 the Knight's Cross 1st Class of the Bavarian Order of Merit of St. Michael, later honoured with the Red Eagle Order, active in Munich, source: Thieme-Becker, Matrikel of the Munich Academy, General German Biography, Bruckmann "Munich Painter of the 19th Century", Seubert, Müller-Klunzinger, Müller-Singer, Boetticher and Wikipedia.