A superb and rare major work painted by Cornelious Van Leemputten in 1869. He was born in Werchter in 1841 and died in Schaarbeek in 1902. Born into a family of artists, Leemputten began his training at the Academy of Antwerp but mainly was self taught. His specialty became sheep and barnyard animals in various settings. He exhibited both nationally and internationally and won gold medals at Ghent in 1883, Edinburgh in 1886, Port Adelaide in 1887, and Berlin in 1896. He was honored as a Knight of the Order of Leopold in 1895. He is represented in many museums including Leuven, Antwerpen, Bucuresti, Middleburg, Sheffield, and referenced in major sources such as Willem G. Flippo's "Lexicon of the Belgian Romantic Painters", 1981.
This painting is in excellent overall condition and in a great state of originality. Purchased from a south Florida estate. It has had no repair and has no damage. It is signed in the lower right and dated '69 for 1869. It is also signed and inscribed on reverse in French. It has light craquelature which is a natural part of the aging process, and in no way is this a detriment to the painting. The painting is investment grade in all respects. The gilted frame is a custom contemporary one. The painting measures 29.5" x 40.25"(unframed) and 36.5" x 47"(framed).