A Forest at Dawn with a Deer Hunt

Peter Paul Rubens Flemish

On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 613

In 1635 Rubens acquired a manor known as Het Steen, whose landscape inspired many of the paintings he made for his own pleasure in the final years of his life. In this example, a thickly painted sun peeks through the branches at dawn, as a hunter (in the red coat) and his hounds chase deer in the forest. Hunting was a privilege reserved for aristocrats that aligned with Rubens’s new identity as lord of a manor, at a time in his life when he was able to make personal paintings that reflected his interests.

A Forest at Dawn with a Deer Hunt, Peter Paul Rubens (Flemish, Siegen 1577–1640 Antwerp), Oil on wood

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