Golden Eagle At A Cliff’s Edge by Ferdinand von Wright
Golden Eagle At A Cliffs Edge by Ferdinand von Wright

Golden Eagle At A Cliffs Edge

Golden Eagle At A Cliffs Edge c1880 by Finnish Painter Ferdinand von Wright (1822 – 1906); a landscape and animal painter of the 19th century

This is a beautiful classical art painting of a Golden Eagle on a grass covered cliff that has just finish catching its prey that is another species of bird.

The eagle is standing over it prey looking at the viewer with some feathers of the other bird falling off the edge of the cliff.

The scene is set against a blue sky with white clouds that have a tint of yellow and a background with more cliffs, some with trees and vegetation, mountains and a lake.

This is a remastered digital art old masters reproduction of a public domain image that is available as a canvas print online.

Information Below Derived From Wikipedia.org

Ferdinand was the last of nine surviving children to the retired Finnish Major Henrik Magnus von Wright; his two older brothers Magnus von Wright (1805 – 1868) and Wilhelm von Wright (1810 – 1887) were painters and illustrators and he followed in their footsteps, showing an early aptitude for art, which was developed during the time he spent hunting and exploring nature, recording what he had observed in his sketchbooks.

In 1837 he left Finland and traveled to Sweden with his second eldest brother Wilhelm; whom at the time was working as an illustrator for the Swedish Zoologist Bengt Fredrik Fries (1799 – 1839); then in 1838 he went back to Sweden to work for the Swedish amateur Ornithologist Count Nils Bonde (1685 – 1760).

After going back to Finland on completion of his work; he then returned to Sweden in 1842 and briefly attended the Royal Swedish Academy of Arts studying under the Swedish sculptor Johan Niclas Byström (1783 – 1848); then two years later returned home to Finland.

Then in 1849 he traveled to Turku, Finland where he took additional painting lessons from Swedish Romantic Painter Robert Wilhelm Ekman (1808 – 1873); following his studies, he and his brothers went to Helsinki, the capital of Finland and set up a studio; and six years later he traveled to Dresden, Germany to study under the noted German animal painter Johann Siegwald Dahl (1827 – 1902).

During the 1870s he suffered several strokes that kept him bedridden; but he continued to paint, and in 1881 made his last trip to Orust to visit his brother Wilhelm who was also sick.

From this point on his work became more commercial, and in 1886 he produced his best known painting “The Fighting Capercailles” and was contributing articles to various ornithological publication.

About this time he received a state artists pension; and during the 1890s many of his former students came to visit, while in the late 90s bird painter Matti Karppanen (1873 – 1953) stayed on to be his pupil and assistant.

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