Paulus Potter

Paulus Potter - Large Format Fine Art Prints and Reproductions

Paulus Potter (1625-1654) was a Dutch painter and a  pioneer in the painting of landscapes with animals. Farm scenes and small-scale paintings of animals became popular in Holland from the middle of the 17th century. Potter was a precocious artist; his earliest works date from 1640, when he would have been 15 years old.

Potter created portraits of animals, making them his picture's focus, not just a backdrop for human action. He is said to have wandered the Dutch countryside, sketchbook in hand, equally sensitive to how farm animals behave at different times of day and to light's vicissitudes from morning to dusk.

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Paulus Potter

A spaniel

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A spaniel, in the background a landscape with a hunter on horseback with dogs. 1653, Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam
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Cows in a Meadow near a Farm

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Paulus Potter favoured painting animals in the countryside and at farms. He rendered the typical Dutch landscape – the pollard willows, the meadow, and the pond in the background –with great precision. In this painting the sun hangs low, calling to mind the late afternoon, when the languid cows and sheep take their rest. 1653, Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam
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Four Cows in a Meadow

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Paulus Potter was the first painter to give Dutch cattle a leading role in his work. In this painting, four cows stand out sharply against a cloudy grey sky. Their heavy bodies cast dark shadows. The sinewy animals appear even more impressive because of Potter’s low vantage point. 1651, Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam
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Landscape with cattle and a milkmaid

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This painting is an early work by Paulus Potter. It is the first time that the famous animal painter pictured not a historical or pastoral subject in a landscape, but a group of animals – cows, sheep and goats. The animals are the main subject of the painting: the woman milking the cow on the right is barely visible behind the large beast. The viewer’s...
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Orpheus and the Animals

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The Classical poet Ovid described how Orpheus enchanted nature with his wonderful lyre music. This theme was popular among 17th-century animal painters because it gave them a chance to depict many different sorts of animals. Here Potter demonstrates that his repertoire encompassed more than the usual farm animals. He painted dozens of native and exotic...
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The bear hunt

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The bear hunt. A bear in a fierce battle with a pack of hounds, On the left side a hunter on horseback with sword drawn. On the right the flight of a bear on a tree. 1649, Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam
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The bull

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This is one of the most famous paintings in the Mauritshuis. What makes The Bull so special is the fact that Potter painted something as ordinary as a bull on such a grand scale – which had never been done before. And despite this large size, he paid great attention to the smallest details, such as the lark in the sky, the sunshine on the meadow, the...
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The piebald horse

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Paulus Potter, the finest Dutch animal painter of his day, described the horse with scrupulous attention to physical detail: the glossy sheen of its coat and mane, the watery moistness of its eye, and the sleekly elegant lines of the animal's body. The meaning of the painting is twofold. It is probably a horse portrait, perhaps commissioned by the owner...
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Two Horses in a Meadow near a Gate

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Two horses stand on a little rise before a sweeping meadow landscape with cattle. The town of Delft is visible in the distance. The animals’ fluttering tails and manes, and the low-lying clouds, signal that the weather is raw and windy. Potter enhances the liveliness of the depiction by placing the grey horse before a dark boscage and the chestnut horse...
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