A bright and vivid farmyard scene by Jacques van Coppenolle, it is a good example of his barnyard oeuvre with early traces of French impressionism in his handling of the scene coupled with a bold and cheery palette. A group of hens are gathered around a food dish in the yard before a stone-walled barn, hay and mud scattered across the rocky soil with a horse-driven plow resting beside a window. It is signed in his typical blocked script "COPPENOLLE" in the lower right corner. The painting remains on its original lining and stretchers and housed in a relatively early rococo giltwood frame. It would benefit from being relined at some point, but certainly can be enjoyed exactly as it is for years as the surface remains vibrant and clear.
As the son of Edmond van Coppenolle (Belgian, 1846-1914), Jacques va. Coppenolle followed closely in his father's footsteps, though the father and son can quickly be distinguished in signature: Edmond van Coppenolle generally signed his works "E. Coppenolle" while his son simply signed in a blocked script "Coppenolle". Jacques was born in Montigny-sur Loing in 1878 and was at least equally influenced by the Dutch and Flemish masters of the 17th century in his still-life depictions of floral and interior vignettes. Like his father, he worked both as an independent painter as well as a decorator of porcelain at an earthenware factory in his hometown. He was successful in his day, showing his work regularly at the Salon des Artistes Indépendants from 1904 through 1914 as well as the Salon d'Automne, where he achieved membership in 1910. He specialized in barnyard scenes, particularly those showcasing poultry. He was killed in battle during the first World War in 1914.
Literature & Further Reading:
E. Benezit Dictionary of Artists, Vol. III, Gründ, 2006, p. 1366
Measurements: 20 1/2" H x 26" W x 2 1/4" D [frame]; 10 5/8" H x 15 1/8" W [canvas]
Condition Report: On original lining. Tiny holes in canvas when held up to light (only one tiny hole visible to the eye, this located in the stone wall above the largest rooster), three patches verso with associated inpainting. Edge wear from frame rubbing. Under UV showing other very minor touchups, perhaps 5% of surface. Old frame, worn and chipped.