The hard-edged style with which Waldmüller portrays his son Ferdinand creates a concentrated, dense atmosphere. The three-quarter portrait in vertical format of the young man is placed within a mountainous landscape, in which the peaks have been cut off. The fir tree forest and the massiveness of the mountains frame the subject in a monumental way, which also contributes to the subject¿s characterization. The bright flesh coloring contrasts sharply with the dark background.
The young man, painted from a close perspective and with great precision glances to the right into the far distance. He is accompanied by a hunting dog that has been placed on an elevation, depicted in all his fullness, and is strongly foreshortened. Both seem to be turning their attention to an object or an incident beyond the limits of the painting. Waldmüller has convincingly visually captured both figures in an enduring moment of absorption.