The painting was painted in 1616.
A hippopotamus is depicted much less than in reality. But when viewed as a whole, the appearance of the animal is conveyed correctly. Fangs protrude from the mouth of the hippo.
Rubens created a series of paintings on the theme of hunting. The viewer pays tribute to the skill of the painter, but at the same time feels a certain implausibility of what is happening. Before us is a hunt for two animals at the same time - a crocodile and a hippo. On the one hand, these animals both live in water, but it is rather difficult to assume that people hunt two such animals at once. Three in turbaned suits, presumably Arabs, are trying to drive spears into a hippo. Dogs also pounce on him. One of the hunters is already defeated. We do not see blood, but for him the hunt is already over. The dog grabbed the tail of a crocodile, and a middle-aged hunter with a knife in his hands was about to hit this reptile.
Rubens is the founder of a completely new style in painting - baroque. He is incredibly lively and as exciting as possible. The artist's style is incredibly bright and necessarily magnificent. He depicted all the figures in motion. Shadow and light contrast sharply. This painting by the artist is no exception. The viewer sees the characteristic manner of the painter, which shines through in every detail.
Before Rubens, animals and people were not portrayed in fierce battles. The artist was carried far beyond historical reality. Beasts and people fight at him, and the battle arises absolutely spontaneously. All hunting scenes are incredibly intense. We feel how intense the raging passions on the canvas.
Rubens creates a variety of forms, the combination and fusion of which is designed to strengthen the whole drama that is being played before our eyes. The attention of the audience is deliberately transferred not to life, as it might seem at first glance, but to the death of the animals depicted in the picture.
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