ALBERTUS VERHOESEN (DUTCH, 1806-1881) ANTIQUE PAINTING, "Poultry by a Ruin", Signed lower-center "A. Verhoesen 1869", untouched original condition
Item # 1402LNP28-P
This fine oil on panel by Albertus Verhoesen is an exceptional example of his ability to precisely capture details and tell a story without excess. A rather delightful scene of barnyard poultry, it captures four hens being overseen by a rooster, these pecking and interacting in a way that is separate if not in opposition to the five ducks. The rooster looks over the hens like a protective father with a certain proud intensity about him that is absent in the lackadaisical demeanor of the distracted ducks. The foreground is typical of his works, full of vivid color and detail, a mix of lush and high contrast green grasses beside the clear waters and backed by the ruins of a brick wall. The distant horizon is almost an afterthought, several layers of deep mountain terrain outlined beneath a dominating and brilliant sky. The sheer amount of color and detail captured in this work is truly engaging, the result being cheerful and nostalgic. The bottom edge is signed "A Verhoesen" and is dated 1869, the board secured in place with cut iron nails.
Vivid scenes of barnyard animals has had one of the longest traditions in both Dutch and Flemish art, but it was not until the 19th century that it achieved widespread popularity. With the Industrial Revolution under way and an ever-increasing population in the cities, wealthy patrons longed for images of the life in the unspoiled countryside. Despite the many artists that worked to satisfy this demand for nostalgic barnyard works, Albertus Verhoesen became well known for his distinct farm animal scenes.
Born in Utrecht on June 16, 1806 Verhoesen received his formal training in the studios of Bruno van Straaten, Jan van Ravenzway, Pieter Gerardus van Os and Barend Cornelis Koekoeck. Each of these artists had an influence on his style, but his choice of subject matter was greatly influenced by Van Os, whose artistic family was among the most influential during the 19th century. Like his master, Verhoesen chose to paint rural landscapes often focusing in on a small group of animals. Verhoesen continued to paint these small, intimate works until his death on February 27, 1881. Today examples of his work can be seen in the museums in Harlem and Utrecht.
Works of Verhoesen have sold extensively at Sotheby's, Christies, Bonhams and most other major auction houses in Europe. This is an outstanding selection for serious collectors of antique oil paintings by Verhoesen as well as collectors of the Dutch School and barnyard genre scenes.
E. Benezit: Dictionary of Artists, vol. 14, Gründ, p. 184-185
Popular Nineteenth Century Painting: A Dictionary of European Genre Painters, Hook & Poltimore, p. 236, p. 267
Measurements: [frame] 9 3/8" wide x 10 1/16" high [panel] 6 11/16" wide x 5 1/4" high
Condition Report: Frame appears to be original, the surface of the frame significantly worn with chips/losses to edges and foliate embossments (note, one embossed foliate leaf absent post-photography; if this is important to you, we can send additional images); surface of painting is in excellent original condition: light craquelure, some surface grime (if cleaned, the surface would be much more vibrant), light wear to the edges where the frame rubs. UNDER UV: Appears to be untouched.
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Period American Furniture, French Furnishings, Fine Nineteenth Century Art and Sculpture
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