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Karl Wilhelm de Hamilton, Forest Still Life, ca. 1735, Gift of Drs. Arnold-Peter C. and Yvonne S. Weiss

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Karl Wilhelm de Hamilton

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Forest Still Life

Karl Wilhelm de Hamilton Flemish, ca. 1668-1754
Forest Still Life, ca. 1735
Oil on copper
36.5 x 26.4 cm (14 3/8 x 10 3/8 inches)
Gift of Drs. Arnold-Peter C. and Yvonne S. Weiss 2003.140

Human presence is completely absent in this scene of forest life, where an unfolding drama between predator and prey is revealed by a skillful combination of precise draftsmanship and acute scientific observation. Karl Wilhelm de Hamilton’s use of oil paint on copper gives special luster to his pigments, a quality that made the copper support a favorite with specialist nature painters. De Hamilton also used his thumbprint to create the moss on the trunk of the tree.

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