A Forest at Dawn with a Deer Hunt

Artist: Peter Paul Rubens (Flemish, Siegen 1577–1640 Antwerp)

Date: ca. 1635

Medium: Oil on wood

Dimensions: 24 1/4 x 35 1/2 in. (61.5 x 90.2 cm)

Classification: Paintings

Credit Line: Purchase, The Annenberg Foundation, Mrs. Charles Wrightsman, Michel David-Weill, The Dillon Fund, Henry J. and Drue Heinz Foundation, Lola Kramarsky, Annette de la Renta, Mr. and Mrs. Arthur Ochs Sulzberger, The Vincent Astor Foundation, and Peter J. Sharp Gifts; special funds, gifts, and other gifts and bequests, by exchange, 1990

Accession Number: 1990.196


Rubens painted about three dozen landscapes during his busy career, mostly for his own pleasure. The late ones, like this superb example, transform earlier Flemish models through fresh studies of nature and color and brushwork ultimately inspired by Titian. Here hunting is treated as a contest of elemental forces: light and darkness, life and death, growth and decay.