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Lucebert | Three creatures, four eyes, pencil, chalk, watercolour and oil on paper, 50.2 x 70.0 cm, signed l.l. and dated '89


watercolour • drawing • for sale

Three creatures, four eyes, 1989

Animals have been depicted in paintings for centuries; for scientific purposes, as a decorative element, or for their symbolism. The rooster thus stands for vigilance, joy and reason, for the victory of darkness, with which it is a symbol of light. A rooster also points the way and indicates direction. The dog represents loyalty and sacrifice, especially that of the husband, faith, and vigilance. The goldfinch was a symbol of fertility.

Carl Jutz | A rooster and chickens near beehives, oil on canvas, 43.0 x 58.0 cm, signed l.r.

Carl Jutz

painting • for sale

A rooster and chickens near beehives

Jozef Franz Pallenberg | Rooster and two hens, bronze, 27.6 x 22.0 cm, signed on the base

Jozef Franz Pallenberg

statue • sculptuur • for sale

Rooster and two hens


The meaning of birds in the visual arts differs per period and per area. For example, birds symbolized the soul of the ancient Egyptians, they had a decorative function in the fringe decorations of medieval books of hours, and in the 16th century the bird entered nature studies for the first illustrated encyclopedias. In the 17th century, birds often have a sexual meaning in genre scenes. “Birdwatching” then meant, besides bird catching, also having sex with each other. A “bird watcher” stood for a matchmaker or whore boss, but also for the one who played the love game. A bird depicted in a box or cage represents virginity. If the door of the cage is open and the bird has escaped, this refers to careless action that leads to the loss of virginity.

Johan Jacob Bodaan | Dead bird near a cage, oil on panel, 36.2 x 25.2 cm, signed l.r.

Johan Jacob Bodaan

painting • for sale

Dead bird near a cage

Georg Rueter | Sleeping duck, oil on panel, 23.5 x 32.2 cm, signed l.r.

Georg Rueter

painting • for sale

Sleeping duck

Willy Tiedjen | Ducks in a pond, oil on canvas, 60.0 x 80.0 cm, signed l.r. and dated '07

Willy Tiedjen

painting • for sale

Ducks in a pond, 1907

Karl Heynen-Dumont | Two ducks, bronze, 4.0 x 13.5 cm, signed on the front duck's belly

Karl Heynen-Dumont

statue • sculptuur • for sale

Two ducks

Willem van den Berg | Four ducks, oil on panel, 26.4 x 27.5 cm, signed l.r. and verso dated October 1935

Willem van den Berg

painting • for sale

Four ducks, 1935

Johanna Pieneman | Firecocks, pastel on paper, 29.4 x 27.7 cm, signed l.r.

Johanna Pieneman

watercolour • drawing • previously for sale


Bird music

Bird music

Composers and musicians also made use of birds in various ways. They are inspired by birdsong or imitate the sounds of birds in a composition, where the sounds of the nightingale and the cuckoo were favorites. For example, the French baroque composer Jean Philippe Rameau wrote a dialogue between two birds for the piano. The pianist’s left and right hands are already playing ‘chirping’ with each other. Handel also listened carefully to the sounds in the forest and incorporated the cheerful, recognizable call of the cuckoo and the lyrical song of the nightingale in his thirteenth organ concert. In the Toy Symphony by Mozart’s father Leopold, the nightingale and the cuckoo also sing. In his flute concert in D major, Vivaldi portrays the goldfinch – also known as the goldfinch. This beautifully colorful red, white and yellow colored bird has a very social character and his singing is also remarkably cheerful. The excited chirping sound apparently reminded Vivaldi of a flute.

Horacio Lengo y Martinez | Behind the fence, oil on canvas, 41.4 x 28.3 cm, signed l.r.

Horacio Lengo y Martinez

painting • previously for sale

Behind the fence

Cornelis Samuel Stortenbeker | Nesting swallows, oil on canvas, 46.6 x 34.7 cm, signed l.l. with initials

Cornelis Samuel Stortenbeker

painting • previously for sale

Nesting swallows

Harmen Meurs | Her little bird, oil on canvas, 55.3 x 46.1 cm, signed l.r. and dated '30

Harmen Meurs

painting • previously for sale

Her little bird, 1930

Hendrik Savrij | The parrot cage, oil on canvas laid down on panel, 22.1 x 16.1 cm, signed l.r.

Hendrik Savrij

painting • for sale

The parrot cage

“Vogelen”, in a very different sense than in the 17th century, can enjoy enormous popularity in the 21st century. Birds are hipper than ever and our country now has many bird watchers. More and more young people are also catching the bird’s virus. Traditionally, the birdwatchers were older, bearded men, driving through the country in a dusty suit hundreds of miles in a converted bus to spot a rare bird. But among women in their twenties and thirties, we count more and more bird watchers. About 30,000 people regularly go out into nature in search of new bird happiness, a beautiful bird concert, a breeding blackbird pair or a fluttering spotted woodpecker. “Bird watching is more than just peeping on a twig. It is very exciting and liberating. It also has something romantic. You will visit the most beautiful places, meet new people and enjoy nature together. More and more people fall for it. “According to bird expert Nico de Haan.

Corneille | Birds and sun, coloured lithograph, 70.5 x 100.9 cm, signed l.r. (in crayon) and dated '91 (in crayon)


prints & multiples • previously for sale

Birds and sun, 1991

Eugène Brands | Bird, oil on paper, 15.0 x 37.0 cm, signed u.l. and dated 4.57

Eugène Brands

painting • for sale

Bird, 1957

Kees Andréa | Rooster, oil on panel, 20.0 x 40.0 cm, signed l.r.

Kees Andréa

painting • for sale


Margaretha Mack | Owl on pole, pastel on paper laid down on cardboard, 49.5 x 30.1 cm, signed l.l.

Margaretha Mack

watercolour • drawing • for sale

Owl on pole

François Pompon | Owl, bronze with a black patina, 18.2 x 8.0 cm, signed with the artist's stamp on the base and conceived in 1927, cast ca. 1960-1961

François Pompon

statue • sculptuur • for sale

Owl, ca. 1960