Melchior d'Hondecoeter

Melchior d'Hondecoeter - Large Format Fine Art Prints and Reproductions

Melchior d'Hondecoeter's specialty of poultry painting was something of a family business. Melchior's father and grandfather had both been interested in animal painting.

Besides strikingly realistic scenes of birds, d'Hondecoeter also painted wall hangings with views of buildings and parks. Here, too, birds were usually involved. He was born in Utrecht in 1636 and died in Amsterdam in 1695. Between 1659 and 1663, he worked in The Hague.

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A Hen with Peacocks and a Turkey

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c. 1680, Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam Hondecoeter enlivened his bird paintings with little vignettes. Here the focus is on the hen taking care for her chicks, surrounded by large and intimidating birds.
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A Hunter’s Bag near a Tree Stump with a Magpie

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c. 1678, Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam Known as ‘The Contemplative Magpie’. Together with A Hunter’s Bag on a Terrace, Hondecoeter painted this work for Soestdijk Palace. Here the light comes from the right, in the other work from the left. This difference in the fall of light reveals that he took account of the paintings’ original placement to either side of a...
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A Hunter’s Bag on a Terrace

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c. 1678, Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam In 1674 William III commissioned the construction of a new hunting lodge, Soestdijk, which was completed a mere four years later. Hondecoeter painted two grand hunting still lifes to be set in two arched niches in the entrance hall. The orange tree in the large garden vase alludes to the House of Orange. The park is...
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A Pelican and other Birds near a Pool

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c. 1680, Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam A Pelican and other Birds near a Pool, Known as ‘The Floating Feather’. It must have been a great honour for Hondecoeter to receive commissions from the country’s ruler. He made this regal bird scene for Het Loo, the palace of William and Mary. It features a pelican in the foreground, a cassowary behind it at the left, a...
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Animals and plants

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c. 1668, Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam
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Birds in a park

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1686, Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam
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Ducks

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c. 1675-1680, Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam
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Farmyard

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c. 1660-1665, Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam
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Seven Chicks

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c. 1665-1668, Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam Melchior d’Hondecoeter is the best-known bird painter of the 17th century. He brought the genre to great heights. He portrayed birds from all over the world with a great sensitivity for detail, colour, and animation: chicken, hoopoe or parrot, he observed them all equally closely. This oil sketch of chicks affords...
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The Menagerie

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c. 1690, Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam Presented here are two squirrel monkeys from Central America, two white sulphur-crested cockatoos from Australia, a grey parrot from Africa and a purple-naped lory – on a chain at the lower left – from Indonesia. Hondecoeter combined these creatures and several other splendid birds in this painting, which was destined for...
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The Threatened Hen

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1681, Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam Two Peacocks Threatening a Hen with Chicks, Known as ‘The Threatened Hen’.Hondecoeter enlivened his bird paintings with little vignettes. Here the focus is on the hen protecting her chicks from the large and intimidating peacocks.
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