Alfred Mailick (German 1869-1946)
Black Grouse in Courtship
Oil-on-canvas, signed lower left and dated “1918”
Painting Size: 33 ” x 25”
Frame Size: 38” x 29 ”
Mailick was an illustrator and painter of landscapes and animals who studied at the academy in Dresden, Germany. Although he painted works in oil, he is most noted for the illustrations he created for postcards of the late 19th - early 20th century which are now quite collectible.
Black grouse are distinctive looking gamebirds of northern Europe's woodland and moorland. Like their close relatives, capercaillies, male black grouse put on an impressive display in the breeding season. At dawn, the males gather to inflate their necks, raise their tails and make a bubbling 'rookooing' sound. At stake is the chance to mate with more of the watching females than any of the other males. Black grouse are also known as blackcocks and greyhens, because of the color of the male and female birds respectively