Saturday, June 10, 2023

Mama Bear and Her Three Cubs

I'm sitting at the breakfast table, looking up a lot from my computer, because Mama Bear has been visiting our backyard with her cubs. They're cute, but destructive, raiding and destroying our bird feeders.

It reminds me of the painting "Morning in a Pine Forest" by Ivan Shishkin and Konstantin Savitsky.  

According to Wikipedia, the bears in the painting were painted by Savitsky. However, the art collector Pavel Tretyakov effaced Savitsky's signature, stating that "from idea until performance, everything discloses the painting manner and creative method peculiar just to Shishkin", so the painting is now sometimes credited solely to Shishkin.


forrie said...

Not sure how I'd handle that. They're obviously hungry, so if there's food around, they'll visit. I wonder what a wildlife specialist would say, apart from the obvious.

Putting food out for them, deeper in the woods may encourage them to visit.

Vladimir Venkov said...

Omg... I wouldn't know how to handle them as well. Bears are sweet but destructive and dangerous at the same time.

CerverGirl said...

In western NC, we are advised not to leave food in the car, especially before hibernation season.

RE the painting, it is interesting to see how the painting style of the bears is so different from the surroundings—the bears are almost cartoonish to me, the natural setting more ‘serious.’

Timothy Bollenbaugh said...

James, I managed to misspell "Savitsky" in the first submission.

As for Shishkin & Savitsky, a significant part of the "... painting manner and creative method peculiar just to Shishkin" is Shishkin's choice for Savitsky to paint the bears because he believed Savitsky would produce a better animal for Shishkin's landscape and chose to share credit and for Savitsky's signature to remain as part of the painting ... if ("if"!) I understand the history correctly.
Aside from the collector's motives in removing Savitsky's signature, and without idealizing Shishkin, my point is that all of an Shishkin’s decisions seem appreciable.