Friedrich Voltz (1817 - 1886)
Cattle on the Move
Friedrich Voltz - Oil on Board - Signed and Dated (1840) - 20" x 40" - £4200
Johann Friedrich Voltz was a German artist working in the animalier style and a member of the Munich School of painters. Born on October 31, 1817 in Nördlingen, Germany to a painter and engraver, he developed an interest in art at a young age. Now considered one of the greatest German animal painters, Voltz primarily depicted landscapes until he encountered Der Junge Stier (1922), a Paulus Potter painting of a bull, and thereafter decided to focus his efforts on depicting animals of all kinds. His work references the Dutch style of Stimmungsmalern, or mood painting, and often treats the animal subject of his paintings as a still life, allowing Voltz to experiment with the dramatics of light—warm, sun-filled areas contrasting with dark, cool shadows. Voltz died in Munich, Germany on June 25, 1886, and today his work is held in the collections of the Neue Pinakothek and the National Gallery in Berlin.