A solitary poacher, his game bag stained with blood, walks through a snowy landscape clasping his hands in the cold. Decamps painted this image during a stay near the forest of Fontainebleau, a period when he felt frustrated by his lack of success in Paris. Perhaps the artist felt some sympathy for poachers, whose activities placed them on the edge of mainstream society.
|Medium||Oil on canvas|
|Dimensions||9 1/2 x 7 5/16 in. (24.1 x 18.6 cm) Frame: 17 1/8 x 15 x 2 1/8 in. (43.5 x 38.1 x 5.4 cm)|
|Acquisition||Acquired by Sterling and Francine Clark before 1955|
Gabriel Alexandre Decamps, The Poacher, c. 1847, Oil on canvas. The Clark Art Institute, 1955.700.
Lees, Sarah, ed. Nineteenth-Century European Paintings at the Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute. Williamstown, MA: Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute; New Haven and London: distributed by Yale University Press, 2012.
M. T. von Feldt; [Wildenstein, New York, sold to Clark, 27 Sept. 1945, as Le Braconnier]; Robert Sterling Clark (1945–55); Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute, 1955.