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Painting Title Pan
Collection York Art Gallery
Artist Till, Johann (Austrian painter, 1827-1894)
Date Earliest possibly about 1870
Date Latest 1882
Signed yes
Description Pan, the Greek god of woods and fields, flocks and herds, is sitting by a stream playing his pipes, with ducks in the foreground. Johann Till the Younger specialised in historical paintings of medieval knights and monks; he was a son an academic painter Johann Till the Elder, and studied the old masters at the Academy of Fine Arts in Vienna. This subject is quite unusual in his oeuvre, as is the way of depicting it, more characteristic of Symbolist painting of the end of the 19th century in its bright colours, the strange pose of Pan, and a general feeling of secretiveness in the scene. It is possible that this is one of a group of rather late paintings by Johann Till, of which others would be Summer (undated, private collection) or Bauermädchen mit Truthühnern (sold at Kunstauktionhaus Schloss Ahlden, 13 May 2006, lot 709).
Current Accession Number YORAG : 376
Inscription front lr 'Till J.'
Subject mythology (Pan); figure; landscape; animal (duck)
Measurements 119.4 x 59.0 cm
Material oil on canvas
Acquisition Details Bequeathed by John Burton 1882.
Principal Exhibitions Yorkshire Fine Art and Industrial Institution, Summer Exhibition, York, 1883, no. 21.
Publications Howarth, E., Catalogue of Pictures in the Permanent Collection, York, 1907, cat. 99; York Art Gallery Catalogue - Catalogue of Paintings, Vol. III: English and European 19th and 20th centuries, The Reserve Collection, City of York Art Gallery, York, 1974, p. 82; Oil Paintings in Public Ownership. North Yorkshire, London, 2006, p. 339.

John Burton (1799-1882) was a horse dealer and farmer; he created a collection of paintings (mainly Victorian) in his villa in Poppleton, Yorkshire. He had been on the organising committees for the 1866 and 1879 exhibitions in York and decided to leave his collection to the citizens of York rather than his first choice, the National Gallery (he was persuaded to change his will a month prior to his death). The Burton Bequest of 127 pictures founded the York Gallery's permanent collection.

Rights Owner York Museums Trust (York Art Gallery)
Author Dr Magdalena Łanuszka



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