A charming mid-century scene depicting three farmers, a horse and cart with hay, a flock of sheep, and two goats. The artist, Peter Josef Strahn (1904-1997) enjoyed capturing these everyday rural moments and this is typical of his style.
There’s a real joy in this painting and you can see how much Strahn treasured working outdoors. He was known to be a quiet man - an "artist of silence" - and his work reflected his persona.
Strahn trained at the Düsseldorf Art Academy and later founded his own painting school.
The painting is signed in the lower right and housed within a frame that’s probably its original.
Medium: Oil on canvas Overall size: 24½” x 20½” / 62cm x 52cm Year of creation: c. 1970 Provenance: Holland Condition: Craquelure in areas but the paint layer is stable. Frame with age related wear including some handling marks. Artist’s auction highlight: £1,537 achieved for ‘Marktstand an einem Kanal in Venedig’ at auction in 2010.