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Edmund H. Osthaus (1858–1928) Pointer and Quail

Edmund H. Osthaus (1858–1928) Pointer and Quail

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Edmund H. Osthaus (1858–1928)
Pointer and Quail, 1892
signed and dated "Edm H Osthaus 1892" lower left
oil on canvas, 27 by 24 in.

Edmund Henry Osthaus was born in Hildesheim, Germany, in 1858, the son of a prosperous farmer who subsequently emigrated to Toledo, Ohio. Osthaus studied at the Royal Academy of the Arts in Dusseldorf from 1874 to 1882 with Andreas Muller, Peter Jansen, E. von Gebhardt, Ernst Deger, and wildlife and landscape painter Christian Kroner. In 1883, after studying painting for six years, Edmund Osthaus became an instructor at the Toledo Academy of Fine Arts. He served as the director from 1886 to 1893, refining his painting technique and pursuing his passions: hunting and fishing. In 1893 Osthaus dedicated his full attention to painting, shooting, and field trials. He was a charter member of the National Field Trial Association established in Newton, North Carolina, in 1895. “Edmund Osthaus followed field trials from the fall prairie chicken trials in Canada to the important quail trials in the South in mid-winter, judging, sketching, and sometimes entering his dogs. He was a handsome, powerfully built man," and his artistic talent combined with combined with his love of dogs enabled him to capture the essence of the focused working dog while depicting them in precise anatomical detail.
"Any painter who paints for shooting men had better be a shooting man himself, for no one is more jealously critical of detail than the man who knows guns and dogs and game... Edmund Osthaus, who trained and shot over his own setters and pointers, transformed oil paint into dog flesh quivering under the stress of a point."
This major work is directly related to the world-record-setting Osthaus oil sold by Copley in 2008, also titled Pointer with Quail. Painted two years later, Osthaus poses the same dog, this time in a vertical format. The work perfectly captures a realistic fall landscape with golden grasses and russet leaves. The viewer can almost hear the crunching of the pointer’s paws on the rustling leaves and smell the crisp autumn air. The fit dog is rendered in masterful detail, as its taut body, full of energy, approaches its quarry. The confident artist, with his wealth of knowledge of birds, dogs, and life in the field, offers us, the viewers, one of his masterworks.

PROVENANCE: Private Collection, St. Louis, Missouri, received in 1999 by descent in the family

LITERATURE: Kay and George Evans, "Dogs that Live Forever," Field & Stream, Vol. LXXV, No. 2, June 1970, pp. 234-240.


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$ 52500.00 ( Sold Price )


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Edmund H. Osthaus (1858–1928) Pointer and Quail

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