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Jan Baptist Kobell
A SHEPHERD RESTING IN A COWSHED, WHILE HIS FLOCK LOOK ON
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Jan Baptist Kobell
A SHEPHERD RESTING IN A COWSHED, WHILE HIS FLOCK LOOK ON
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Jan Baptist Kobell
DELFSHAVEN 1778 - 1814 AMSTERDAM
A SHEPHERD RESTING IN A COWSHED, WHILE HIS FLOCK LOOK ON
Watercolor over black chalk, within brown ink framing lines;
signed in brown ink, lower left: J Kobell. f.
418 by 354 mm; 16 1/2  by 14 in
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With Thomas Le Claire Kunsthandel, New York,
from whom acquired by the present owners in 1994

展覽

Boston, St. Botolph Club, A Selection of Dutch 18th Century Drawings and Watercolors from the Gordon Collection, 2003, no. 9

相關資料

This finely preserved and unusually large watercolor is a testament to Kobell's profound admiration for the great Dutch cattle painters of the 17th Century, namely Adriaen van de Velde (1636-1672), from whom the composition loosely derives, as well as Paulus Potter (1625-1654), both of whom Kobell strove, during the course of his relatively short life, to surpass artistically.

The present work, which depicts a shepherd at rest in a ramshackle barn, surrounded by his inquisitive flock, is loosely based on a painting by Adriaen van de Velde, economically titled "The Hut" and today in the Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam.The subject matter, a somewhat nostalgic and bucolic portrayal of rural Holland, in which both the animals and landscape are idyllically portrayed, would have greatly appealed to collectors of the day, who in Kobell's work saw a continuation of the artistic traditions of the Dutch Golden Age.

Kobell clearly valued the key compositional elements employed in this watercolor, as the same combination of barn and tree were used again by the artist in an oil painting, previously in the Museum Fodor, Amsterdam and today in the Amsterdam Museum,as well as a smaller watercolor, previously on the Viennese art market.3 

1. E. Bergvelt et al., Kabinetten, galerijen en musea : het verzamelen en presenteren van naturalia en kunst van 1500 tot heden, Zwolle 2005, p. 374, fig. 13.18, reproduced
2. See Beschrijving der schilderijen, teekeningen, prenten, prentwerken en boeken, in het Museum Fodor, te Amsterdam, Amsterdam 1863, no.40
3. With Nebehay, Vienna, by 1970 (catalogue untraced) 

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