Herd of Red DeerJohann Christian Kröner, 1899

Johann Christian Kröner (1838-1911) was born in Rinteln an der Weser in Lower Saxony, close by the town of Hamelin of Pied Piper fame.  A self-taught artist, he began his career as a decorative painter. He liked to paint landscapes, most of all in the low forested hills of Lower Saxony in Germany, and the rugged terrain of the Harz mountain range. His paintings are full of atmosphere, drama and majesty, and have a characteristic colour palette.


By Johann Christian Kröner (1838- 1911) (Dorotheum) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

Wrap Up Your Painting

  • When looking at the background of the painting, what did you notice?
  • What three or four words did you use to describe the atmosphere of the painting?
  • When you imagined yourself into the painting what did your fingertips touch?
  • How did you feel about being in the painting?
  • Has your opinion of the painting altered in any way after doing this guided noticing exercise?
  • How do you feel now you’ve completed this activity? If you enjoyed it, why not add more Look at Paintings audio guides to your week? And don’t forget, you can take these guides with you to your local gallery and try them whilst standing in front of ‘real life’ art

Wrap Up Your Painting

  • What do you most remember about the painting?
  • When you imagined your foot sliding into the water, how did it feel?
  • What happened to the stag next?
  • Did this activity help you to slow down, take time out?  If you enjoyed it, why not try more listening guides and make them a part of your week?