Lot 43: Eugène Verboeckhoven, Sheep in the Barn, Oil, 1876
December 2, 2016
Berlin, Berlin, GermanyLive Auction
Oil on canvas, relined
Eugène Verboeckhoven (1798/99-1881) - Belgian animal and landscape painter, marine and portrait painter as well as graphic artist
Signed Eugène Verboeckhoven f and dated 1876 lower left
In gilt frame:77,5 x 98,5 cm
Provenance: Private collection, Uruguay
A characteristic and idyllic painting by the Belgian animal painter
This painting shows the bravura of Verboeckhoven in painting animals. Beyond the exact depiction of anatomy he achieves to point out even the character of the animals. The different painterly treatment of the fluffy wool of the sheep, the hair of the rabbit or the straw on the floor show the high quality of painting.
The painting is relined and has a newer varnish. Inspection under UV light reveals several retouching at the edges and minor retouching at the left sheep in the background. The edges of the painting trimmed with old strips of paper. The frame shows usual signs of age and wear and several small losses at the ornaments.
Eugène Verboeckhoven (1798/99-1881)
The Belgian painter Eugène Joseph Verboeckhoven was trained in drawing and embossing by his father, the sculptor Barthélemy Verboeckhoven. In 1847, he established a studio in Brussels, where he painted numerous animal depictions, particularly landscapes with sheep. His paintings are characterized by a careful drawing. In addition to his paintings, Verboeckhoven has etched numerous animal depictions. Works by Verboeckhoven are on display in major museum collections, including the Hermitage Museum in St. Petersburg, the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam, the Courtauld Institute of Art and the Royal Collection in London, as well as the Museum of Fine Arts in Houston, Texas.
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