Bruno Liljefors

 

“Hawk and Black-Game” (1883-84), by Bruno Liljefors (Swedish, 1860–1939). This shows a Northern goshawk hunting Black grouse. It is based on dead specimens and set in a meadow near a cottage the artist once lived in at Ehrentuna, near Uppsala. He wrote: “The hawk model—a young one—I killed myself. Everything was painted out of doors as was usually done in those days. It was a great deal of work trying to position the dead hawk and the grouse among the bushes that I bent in such a way as to make it seem lively, although the whole thing was in actuality a still life.”

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