Federico Jiménez Fernandez (Spanish, 1841- ?)
Chickens and Rooster
Oil-on-Panel, signed lower right
Painting: 12.5" x 9.25"
Frame: 18.5" x 15.25"
Federico Jiménez Fernandez was born in Madrid in 1841 and trained at the School of Painting, Sculpture and Engraving of San Fernando where he studied with José Gonzalez Bande. He traveled to Paris to continue his studies, as did so many other artists of the time. Jiménez was known for his paintings of birds and animals, both wild and domesticated.
Jiménez began exhibiting at the age of 17 and won his first of many medals the following year. His reputation was well established at an early age and his painting “La Maison Morte” was purchased by the National Museum in 1862. He also exhibited in Germany and in Paris at numerous venues. His popularity and the taking on of commissions to decorate palaces allowed him to support his family in a comfortable fashion.
One of Jiménez’ paintings, a parody of “The Judgement of Paris” is held by the Prado Museum. In this work, Paris and the three beautiful goddesses are replaced by a rooster with an apple at his feet and three hens.
Benezit, E. Dictionnaire des Peintres, Sculpteurs, Dessinateurs et Graveurs