Hermann Ottomar Herzog (German/American, 1832-1932), "Girl Feeding Chickens along a Wooded Path", oil on canvas laid on board, signed lower left, 29 in. x 44 in., framed. Note: In his late twenties, the important artist Hermann Herzog immigrated to the United States where he would travel extensively, capturing the diverse landscapes from the mountains of Yosemite to the Florida marsh lands with his brush.
The painting offered here is a pastoral of a young girl feeding chickens on a path in the woods. In the shade of a tree, a traveler on a horse observing the view before him. Herzog displays his extraordinary ability to capture the variations in light and shadow filtering through the foliage as well as the individual leaves and blades of grass that surround the composition. The open, illuminated foreground focuses the viewer towards this delightful rustic moment.