A charming 19th-century study of a woodcutter in the snow by German painter, Adolf Meissner (1837-1902). He created this in advance of a larger work ‘Shepherd with herd and woodcutter in a snowy landscape'.
It depicts an elderly lady resting while carrying a weighty collection of sticks on her back. She’s extending her right arm as if she’s calling out to someone for assistance.
In the larger piece, which can be viewed here, a shepherd has stopped by her and she’s reaching up for refreshments. He offers her a drink as his flock attempt to graze through the snow underfoot.
Meissner trained at the Dresden Art Academy under Robert Kummer and Ludwig Richter. He was known for his wintery pastoral landscapes and often visited Switzerland for inspiration.
His works are highly regarded and he’s represented at several museums and international galleries. In 1902, some of his well-known paintings were shown at the Munich Glass Palace.
The study is housed within a suitable wooden frame and signed in the lower right.
Oil on board
15½” x 19” / 40cm x 49cm
Year of creation
Very presentable. Frame with some age-related wear.
Artist’s auction highlight
£15,866 achieved for ‘Das Neugeborene’ (118cm x 64cm) in 1994.