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Anton Hirschig FEEDING TIME
Lot 14
Price Realised: €7,500
Estimate: €8,000 - €12,000
Anton Hirschig, 1867-1939 FEEDING TIME Oil on canvas, 22" x 29" (56 x 74cm), signed with monogram and inscribed Brasschaat 1909. Antonius Matthias Hirschig was born on 18 February 1867 in Naarden, a town in the province of North Holland ... Read more
Anton Hirschig, 1867-1939 FEEDING TIME Oil on canvas, 22" x 29" (56 x 74cm), signed with monogram and inscribed Brasschaat 1909. Antonius Matthias Hirschig was born on 18 February 1867 in Naarden, a town in the province of North Holland in the Netherlands. He moved to the country village of Auvers-sur-Oise, 30 kilometers from Paris in June 1890. This quiet hamlet lured many nineteenth-century artists from Paris to its sunlit wheat fields, clear skies and charming homes and gardens. Artist Charles Daubigny arrived in 1860 and never left. Manet, Cezanne, Renoir, Camille Pissaro and Vincent Van Gogh all lived there for a time. Hirschig lodged with van Gogh at the Auberge Ravoux from around 17 June 1890 to shortly after Van Gogh's death on 29th July 1890. He had been introduced by Van Gogh's brother, Theo, and he occupied the attic room next to Van Gogh's. These two rooms can still be seen at the Inn today, known as Maison van Gogh. Two of Hirschigs paintings, "Undergrowth" and "Peasants resting in the fields", today hang on the walls of the room he occupied.     Van Gogh was hugely productive in Auvers, where he paid 3.5 francs per month to lodge at Auberge Ravoux. In the three months he stayed there he completed almost seventy paintings and some of his best-known works. Along with numerous landscapes, he made portraits, including one of Adeline Ravoux, the innkeepers' daughter.  Anton Hirschig is mentioned in three of Van Gogh's letters.[13] At first Van Gogh thought Hirschig too "gentil" to be an artist and questioned whether he would ever amount to anything. However, in what was to be Van Gogh's last letter (to his brother Theo), he softens his position and says that he thinks Hirschig has begun to understand things a little better. The day Vincent Van Gogh shot himself in the chest, a fatal wound, July 27, 1890, Anton Hirschig summoned the physician and also notified Theo who arrived in time before he died. Hirschig remained at van Gogh's bedside before returning to his neighboring bed. "He was lying in his garret under a zinc roof. It was terribly hot ... He shouted all night, shouted a lot! ", he recalled in a letter in 1911. Hirschig subsequently assisted at van Gogh's funeral and left Auvers for good shortly after.
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