18th century German school attributed to Johann Konrad Seekatz (1719-1768)
Oil on wood paneled 63 cm by 48 cm
Very beautiful old frame of 81 cm by 67 cm
Superb painting painted with great finesse and pretty colors. This composition is often found in the work of Seekatz: young people grouped in the foreground on the left in front of a tree, the right of the painting being reserved for the landscape and more generally children around a tree in a landscape.
Johann Konrad Seekatz (Grünstadt 1719 –Darmstadt 1768).
He apprenticed with his brother Johann Ludwig, then from 1748 to 1751, with P.H. Brinckmann in Mannheim. In 1753, he was appointed court painter of Darmstadt and was in contact with the bourgeois painters of Frankfurt (Nothnagel, Trautmann and Juncker). He stayed with Goethe's father and influenced the conception of the young poet's art. He goes from conventional mythologies in aristocratic taste and religious compositions focused on the decorative effect to genre scenes observed with simplicity, in the Dutch way, where he represents German peasant life: the Month of July (Frankfurt, Goethe Museum ), the Fortune Teller (Weimar museum), the Campfire (Oldenburg, Landesmuseum), Country scene (Düsseldorf, KM), Dedication of a church (Darmstadt museum). His last work, in 1765, is a suite of 17 over-doors, now in Darmstadt Castle, from Braunshardt Castle and representing gallant scenes full of lightness and finesse. The Darmstadt museum preserves an important collection of his works: paintings, oil sketches and drawings.