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Aert Schouman
A HELMETED GUINEA FOWL AND A BLACK HEADED CAÏQUE ON A BRANCH; AND A RED IBIS AND A VICTORIA CROWNED PIGEON
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Aert Schouman
A HELMETED GUINEA FOWL AND A BLACK HEADED CAÏQUE ON A BRANCH; AND A RED IBIS AND A VICTORIA CROWNED PIGEON
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Aert Schouman
DORDRECHT 1710 - 1792 THE HAGUE
A HELMETED GUINEA FOWL AND A BLACK HEADED CAÏQUE ON A BRANCH; AND A RED IBIS AND A VICTORIA CROWNED PIGEON
Quantity: 2
both signed
oil on canvas, a pair
each:  37 1/4  by 43 1/4  in.; 94.5 by 110 cm.
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Catalogue Note

These two canvases exemplify the passion and skill that Schouman brought to his depictions of animals and plants, and most particularly birds.  He was an unusually versatile and industrious artist, working in oils, watercolor, prints and even engraving glass; in his estate he left over 850 natural history studies.

While his watercolors of birds abound, it is much rarer to today to find large scale oil paintings.  Although maintaining a close attention to detail and scientific accuracy, he imbues these birds with real energy and liveliness.  This is most evident in such areas as the delicate feathers in the crest of the pigeon.  He treats the background much more loosely, sketching in the rocks and foliage in diluted pigments.  

The pair is accompanied by a preparatory drawing of the guinea fowl (fig. 1), executed in pen and ink and watercolor, which allows us to see first hand the care he took in preparing his compositions.  

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