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Ferdinand von Wright: Goose Scolding a Mallard, 1858


Ferdinand (1822–1906) was the youngest of the three famous von Wright brothers, who were renowned particularly for their depictions of birds and other members of the animal kingdom. Many of Ferdinand’s works are particularly dramatic. This painting, in which a goose with raised wings is scolding a duck, was acquired for the collection in 1860. Its truth to life derives from the artist’s close observation of the birds concerned and careful study of their anatomy. After his time in Dresden, Ferdinand’s works became more dramatic and narrative in character. He often took his live models from his own animal colony in Savo’s Haminalahti.