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Throughout the centuries, animals have been a favorite subject for artists. Traditionally, they play a minor role in painted scenes, but from the 17th century onwards, painters specialized in animal subjects appeared. Each country then has its famous masters with accompanying pupils and followers. The animal genre enjoyed unprecedented popularity in the first half of the 19th century. Poultry and other small farm animals, sheep, chickens, cows and horses, dogs and cats are painted at their best, clean, well-fed and in an extraordinary quantity.

The "trade of the animals"
Animal painters usually specialized in a particular animal species. In the 19th century in the Netherlands, for example, Wouterus Verschuur and Otto Eerelman excelled at portraying horses, Hendrik Savrij and J.H.L. de Haas was known as painters of cows, and dogs were the specialty of Conradijn Cunaeus and Otto Eerelman. The young Henriëtte Ronner-Knip was also one of them, until around 1870 she mainly focused on painting cats in precious interiors.

Coquettish portrait
Painting an animal was by no means simple: it does not stop on command to be portrayed. It is known that there were painters who tied a cow to a stake for a suitable pose. And later in the 19th century, artists sometimes found their exotic models in the shelter of the zoo. But it was quite a challenge with agile dogs and cats. In addition, in the 19th century, not only an accurate representation of anatomy, coat and movement was appreciated, but also the portrayal of the character. A separate genre was the artist's dog, a clear example of the closer bond that developed between humans and animals in the 19th century.

Raw reality
While the animals were portrayed in a more or less idealized way at the beginning of the 19th century, with Impressionism people really see the animals. De Haas paints chunky cattle under low-hanging clouds, Mauve becomes famous with sheep on a winter heath and Breitner likes to paint horses. Many of his contemporaries saw his work as "unfinished", which led to much criticism. From childhood Breitner had a predilection for horses and military subjects. The story goes that Charles Rochussen instilled in him a love for drawing and painting horses. He did this so well that Mesdag later asked him to paint the cavalry on the famous "Panorama Mesdag" in The Hague.

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Evert den Hartog | Bear, bronze, 26.0 x 29.5 cm, signed on base with initials

Evert den Hartog

statue • sculptuur • for sale

Bear

Jits Bakker | Rodeo, bronze, 82.5 x 67.5 cm, gesigneerd op basis

Jits Bakker

statue • sculptuur • for sale

Rodeo

Willem Maris | Study of a drake, oil on paper laid down on panel, 10.2 x 6.5 cm, signed l.r. with initials

Willem Maris

painting • for sale

Study of a drake

Rien Poortvliet | Keeping an eye on the traffic, charcoal and ink on paper, 50.0 x 64.8 cm

Rien Poortvliet

watercolour • drawing • for sale

Keeping an eye on the traffic

Rien Poortvliet | Chickens in a run, charcoal and ink on paper, 49.4 x 64.8 cm

Rien Poortvliet

watercolour • drawing • for sale

Chickens in a run

Franse School | Walking lephant, plated bronze on marble base, 14.3 x 27.4 cm

Franse School

painting • for sale

Walking lephant

Europese School, begin 20e eeuw | Elephant, bronze, 4.6 x 8.8 cm

Europese School, begin 20e eeuw

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Elephant

Ewald Mataré | Phoenix, cast-iron, 15.9 x 14.2 cm, signed with monogram and dated 1954

Ewald Mataré

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Phoenix

John Arthur Martin | Moby Dick, wood, 16.0 x 14.3 cm, signed with stamp on the underside and dated on the underside 1939

John Arthur Martin

statue • sculptuur • for sale

Moby Dick

Constant | Dieren (Animals), lithograph, 29.0 x 22.0 cm, signed l.c. and dated '48

Constant

prints & multiples • for sale

Dieren (Animals)

Jits Bakker | Two playing foals, bronze, 10.3 x 11.4 cm, signed on the base

Jits Bakker

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Two playing foals

Jits Bakker | Frolicking foal, bronze, 11.5 x 7.6 cm, signed on the base

Jits Bakker

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Frolicking foal

Fritz Carpentero | Before the circus performance, oil on canvas, 100.5 x 130.0 cm, signed l.l.

Fritz Carpentero

painting • for sale

Before the circus performance

Jan Mankes | Two mice, copper engraving on paper, 10.7 x 13.2 cm, signed l.r. (in pencil) and executed in 1916

Jan Mankes

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Two mice

Piet van der Hem | Pheasant rooster with two hens between ferns, oil on canvas, 75.5 x 100.0 cm, signed l.r.

Piet van der Hem

painting • for sale

Pheasant rooster with two hens between ferns

Piet van Engelen | Fighting roosters, oil on canvas, 77.6 x 107.8 cm, signed u.l. and without frame

Piet van Engelen

painting • for sale

Fighting roosters

Piet van der Hem | Pheasant pair, oil on canvas, 74.8 x 104.0 cm, signed l.r.

Piet van der Hem

painting • for sale

Pheasant pair

Arthur Heyer | Angora cat and kitten with a beetle, oil on canvas laid down on board, 56.2 x 68.0 cm, signed l.l. and without frame

Arthur Heyer

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Angora cat and kitten with a beetle

Irénée Rochard | Two deer, bronze, 37.0 x 53.0 cm, signed on the base

Irénée Rochard

statue • sculptuur • for sale

Two deer

Adolphe Louis Victor Geoffroy | Roaring panter, bronze, 19.7 x 25.0 cm, signed on the base

Adolphe Louis Victor Geoffroy

statue • sculptuur • for sale

Roaring panter

Duitse School, 19 eeuw | Standing elephant, bronze, 16.0 cm

Duitse School, 19 eeuw

statue • sculptuur • for sale

Standing elephant

Carl Friedrich Deiker | Game on a hill, oil on canvas, 48.6 x 37.5 cm, signed l.l.

Carl Friedrich Deiker

painting • for sale

Game on a hill

Chris van der Windt | Barn owl, oil on panel, 38.1 x 25.8 cm, signed l.r. and without frame

Chris van der Windt

painting • for sale

Barn owl

Ton van Tast | Spider in a web, oil on canvas laid down on panel, 17.5 x 13.0 cm, signed l.m. and dated 1917

Ton van Tast

painting • for sale

Spider in a web

Terry Owen Mathews | Group of four elephants, bronze, 13.0 x 54.5 cm, signed and witn number 6/10 on the base and dated '85

Terry Owen Mathews

statue • sculptuur • for sale

Group of four elephants

Terry Owen Mathews | Rhino, bronze, 29.9 x 44.9 cm, signed and numbered 2/10 on the base and dated 1987

Terry Owen Mathews

statue • sculptuur • for sale

Rhino

Jacques Janssens | Head of a ram, oil on panel, 22.2 x 16.2 cm, signed l.r.

Jacques Janssens

painting • for sale

Head of a ram

Johannes Garst | Mariënberg, oil on board, signed l.l. and on the reverse and dated '81

Johannes Garst

painting • for sale

Mariënberg


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