Friday, January 18, 2013

Who painted this? #12

I have to keep thinking of new ways to challenge those participating in the challenge of identifying who, in the history of art, painted this painting, what's it called and where is it now - and how did you work out the answer!

This is something of an iconic painting of paintings.

Who painted this? #12
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Who Painted This #11 - The Answer

Ploughing in Nevers (1849) by Rosa Bonheur (1822-1899)
Musée d'Orsay, Paris, France
It is primarily an animal painting, and the heroes are the oxen themselves, leaving little room for the men: the cowherd is a diminutive figure. It is a hymn to agricultural labour, whose grandeur was magnified because, in these post-revolutionary days, it was easy to contrast with the corruption of the city. It is also tribute to provincial regions – here the Nivernais, with its agricultural traditions and rural landscapes.
This is one the most enormous paintings of animals that I've ever seen.  Check out those dimensions - they're in metres!  Translating them for those still working in feet and inches it's 4ft 5in x 8ft 6in.  It is also stunningly real, the earth is amazing and the animals are massive and beautiful at the same time - as befits any animal lucky enough to have been painted by Rosa Bonheur.

I'm an inveterate photographer of paintings close up if allowed to do so - which was possible in 2009 when I photographed this painting.

Clods of Nevers earth in Ploughing in Nevers (1849) by Rosa Bonheur (1822-1899)Collection: Musée d'Orsay, Paris, France
Look at the animation in the faces of the oxen!
Ploughing in Nevers (1849) by Rosa Bonheur (1822-1899)Collection: Musée d'Orsay, Paris, France
Painted for a commission and originally intended for the Musée de Lyon but when finished it was decided that this painting should stay in Paris.  It's moved around before finally ending up at the Musée d'Orsay in 1986.

Despite its enormous size it has also moved to various exhibitions.  It was exhibited at the Salon in 1849 and since then has been seen in exhibitions in London, Munich, Madrid, Toulouse, Beijing, Shanghei and Tapei.

If you visit the Musée d'Orsay, when I last saw it, it was located on the ground floor on the Seine side of the Museum and quite near to Courbet's massive painting L'Atelier du peintre.

Women dominated the correct answers!

The winner is Alyson Champ (The Chronicle of Wasted Time) who is a collage artist (who does amazing collage art - check out her blog!), small-scale farmer and a classical musician who lives in the Chateauguay Valley, southwest of Montreal, Quebec. It's very apposite that an artist who focuses on animals - and is noted for her treatment of equine subjects and is Associate Member of the prestigious American Academy of Equine Art - should get the answer first
Sorry if there are two of my answers. Something seemed to go wrong the first time.
Rosa Bonheur (1822-1899)"Ploughing in Nevers" 1849 1,34X2,6 m huile sur toileMusée D'OrsayFound easily because I knew it was a Bonheur but did not know the title. Googled Rosa Bonheur+cows and found it on Musée D'Orsay site easily.
Others who got the answer correct, in order, are:
Jennifer Rose Phillip got the artist's name.

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  1. Am I allowed to play again?
    #12 is by Johann Zoffany
    Title: Tribunal of the Uffizi
    oil on canvas
    48.6 X 61 inches
    In the Royal Collection at Windsor Castle

    I remembered it from an art history class (twenty plus years ago)but had to search it via Titian's Venus of Urbino, which appears in the foreground. It took some doing, but I eventually landed on Wikipedia! This is fun!!

  2. Sorry, meant to write "Tribuna of the Uffizi" for the title.

  3. Although I didn't know this painting, I did (as I'm sure many others do) recognize the painting in the fore ground as Titian's Venus of Urbino. A quick check revealed that it is in the Uffizi Gallery in Rome so it seemed reasonable to suppose that this is a painting of that gallery. Google confirmed that this is

    The Tribuna of the Uffizi
    Johann Zoffany
    Oil on canvas
    Royal Collection, Winsor

  4. I don't know the answer, but I love this series!


  5. Hi Katherine,

    Title of the artwork: The Tribuna of the Uffizi

    Name of the artist who created this artwork: Johan Zoffany RA

    Date it was created: 1777

    Media used: Oil on canvas

    Where it lives now: Royal Collection, Windsor Castle

    How do I know this: This is embarrassing. It is an example of luck being as useful as a good education. I though it was the salon or royal academy. I spent a bit of time searching for paintings of the salon and then tried painting of royal academy in google images. is in the second row of results

    This gives Johan Zoffany RA and the Royal Collection. The information is from the Royal Collection website.

    It isn’t a painting of the Royal Academy, but the artist is an RA and its been exhibited at the Royal Academy.

    Thanks for the challenges.

    All the best,


  6. It is an oil painting by Johann Zoffany called the Tribuna of the Uffizi. I googled " art collection" and found a picture on Internet.
    There are a lot of Rafaels paintings inthe painting !
    This is the kind of painting you can look at for a long time- I would have loved to have it as a poster when I was a child;-)

  7. I forgot something! It is an oil painting, comissioned by queen Charlotte and belongs in the Royal Collection. It was painted c 1770. There, I hope I did not miss anything!
    I do not think I am the first to find out, but ut was a first for me;-)
    Thank you for giving us bones to chew on!
    Charlotta Due ( Pappersdraken)

  8. For those of you who have got it already, there's an excellent high res image on Wikimedia Commons which is worth taking a look at. You'll have to remember to prop up your jaw as you see just how much painting there is in this painting!

  9. Hi Katherine,
    Who painted this? #12
    I belive this was painted by Johann Zoffany between 1772 and 1777. It is an oil on canvas called The Tribuna of the Uffizi and hangs in the Royal Collection at Windsor.

    As a painter of people myself, I have recently been researching conversation pieces and this is one of the most theatrical, so it wasn't too hard to find.

    Jo Quigley

  10. Who painted this #12
    Title: The Tribuna of the Uffizi
    Painted: 1772-7,
    Artist: Johann Zoffany
    Media: Oil on Canvas.
    Location: The Royal Collection, Winsor Castle.
    Exhibited at the Royal Academy from March to June 2012 as part of an exhibition of Zoffany.
    I had thought, incorrectly, that it was about the selection at the RA for the summer exhibition so I searched for The Royal Academy of Arts in Google images and found it in a reference to the Zoffany Exhibition.
    With the help of Wikipedia I have learned that it was commissioned by Queen Charlotte as a painting of the Florence Gallery in 1772 and completed in 1777. I then confirmed the details on the Royal Collection website.
    I hope that I have got my submission correct this time.
    Stan Pougher

  11. Hilary J Dunk Surrey.

    Who painted this ? 12

    Knew that I had seen it before....judged (by the dress) that it must have been painted in the mid to late 1700's ...thought it might be a "hanging day at the Academy or Salon" and searched under those terms. Recognised painting in foreground as Titian's "Venus of Urbino"...and located it amongst random images in Art "4" "2" day website.
    IT IS "The tribunal at the Ufizzi" 1778.
    Oil on canvas.
    BY Johann Zoffany....German born painter, commissioned by Queen Charlotte in 1772 to "paintFlorences Gallery".....Paid £300 per year to do this(didn't return to London until 1779.
    "All the connoisseurs, diplomats and visitors to Florence are identifiable, making the painting a combination of the British conversation piece." (Wikkipedia)

  12. Hilary J Dunk continued from my recent blog -apologies!

    Who painted this ? 12

    Forgot to mention that the painting is to be found in the Royal Collection, Windsor Castle.

  13. There is so much going on in this painting. It was hard to describe it in a google search field but I was able to identify in the painting the painting that inspired Manet's "Olympia". Started my search with that. That painting was identified as "Venus of Urbino" so I searched for paintings with the image of the "Venus of Urbino" in it. I can't believe how many paintings, photos, etc. were created after this painting but was able to find the image of our painting among them. It is called "The Tribuna of the Uffizi" It is painted in oil by Johann Zoffany in 1772-78. It hangs in the Royal Collection, Windsor.

  14. What a fabulous piece! I love the story it tells!

  15. I finally managed to find it,but to rushed to give all the info.Only just had time to have a look at it in Wikimedia,but I found it much clearly looking at it on Google Art project,you can really zoom in and see all the detail.

  16. The winner is Alyson Champ AGAIN! Two weeks running!


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