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Milking cows amidst willow trees

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In a sun-drenched meadow, demarcated by willows, a farmer in a blue smock milks a black and white cow. The work is typical for one of the attractions of the paintings in the Hague School: the feeling of sharing an experience of nature with the artist.
Often the painter chose a sudden event in nature: a passing incidence of light between trees, a cloudy sky that breaks open, an imminent thunderstorm or even a rainbow. These phenomena, which disappear as quickly as they arise, demanded an extremely rapid method of working from the artist, in which he permitted himself to leave out unnecessary details.
Often the final painting still showed traces of that rapid observation. For the conservative art lovers, this lack of detail was an indication of incompetence. For artist groups such as the Hague School and the Barbizon School, this way of painting was an innovation with enormous significance.

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Title Milking cows amidst willow trees
Material and technique Oil on canvas
Object type
Painting > Painting > Two-dimensional object > Art object
Location This object is in storage
Dimensions Width 21 cm
Height Error: 32,5 is not a valid BCD value cm
Artists Schilder: Johan Hendrik Weissenbruch
Accession number VdV 88
Credits Bruikleen / Loan: Stichting Willem van der Vorm 1972
Department Modern Art
Acquisition date 1972
Creation date in circa 1880 - 1890
Age artist Between 51 and 61 years old
Collector Collector / Willem van der Vorm
Internal exhibitions De verzameling Willem van der Vorm. Schilderijen van Hollandse en Franse meesters uit de 17e en 19e eeuw (1950)
The Collection Enriched (2011)
De collectie als tijdmachine (2017)
Geographical origin Northern Netherlands > The Netherlands > Western Europe > Europe

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Johan Hendrik Weissenbruch

Den Haag 1824 - Den Haag 1903

Johan Hendrik Weissenbruch's father was a collector of works that included those of the painter Andreas Schelfhout. The influence of his work can be seen in the...

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