Hans Thoma

12ab08816bd4358b33e712a91828c88dI was taken with this picture as posted on a Facebook link this morning … by an artist I’d not heard of, Hans Thoma. He is not well known, and has few pictures on public display (indeed, I can’t find a single one in the National Gallery collection), but I liked what I saw so did a search and came up with a few more also including hens …


It’s not that he painted only hens … simply that he painted life as he saw it, or perhaps as he idealised it … which at that time was clearly pre-industrial and something of a rural idyll.


I have no idea where these paintings are now … I should like to see them for myself, to look more closely at the detail. I should think there is some interesting information in these pictures about breeds etc from the mid-Victorian era in Germany.

Hans Thoma, self-portrait

Hans Thoma, self-portrait

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  1. Nice, slightly creepy self-portrait.
    Each of these paintings has very late or very early light…. I love that about chickens. They give punctuation to the day. My morning visit, my evening visit… and they are always pleased to hang around and chat with me.

  2. Nacastia Gutierrez

     /  June 9, 2013

    My sister actually has the “Idyl in Bernau” painting ( The little girl with the chickens)

  3. Cledith

     /  June 17, 2013

    I own a print of The Hen Garden. I purchased about 25 years ago. I was told it was an antique print.


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