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Birds and people


The two paintings of birds by Ferdinand von Wright were acquired for the Imperial Collection quite early (1857 and 1860). Family of Geese (1854) is typical of the artist’s earliest animal paintings in that it shows the birds in a peaceful setting in the wild. By contrast, Goose Scolding a Mallard (1858) is very different, a dramatic scene with its centrepiece of a raging goose with raised wings. Such motifs were typical of Ferdinand von Wright in the years following his study trip to Dresden (1858).

The rise of nationalism led to an interest among the educated classes in the idealised depiction of common people. Two genre paintings were purchased for the Imperial Collection from Adolf von Becker that were thematically based on Ostrobothnia. However, one of them, French Interior (1877), is a replica of a French depiction of folklife.