Aert Schouman

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Aert Schouman (1710 Dordrecht – 1792 The Hague) was an 18th-century painter from the Northern Netherlands.

Aert Schouman was a prolific and versatile Dutch painter, glass engraver, printmaker, collector and dealer, who produced still lifes, biblical and mythological themes, natural history studies, genre, historical works, portraits, sketches, etchings and mezzotints. He designed tapestries, painted wall-hangings and decorated objects such as fans, snuffboxes and even the glass windows of a magic lantern.

He took on his first art pupil in 1733 and continued teaching for the rest of his life. In 1736 he founded the Brotherhood of St. Luke, a fraternity of amateur art lovers from Dordrecht and environs. Schouman was a leading artist in Zeeland between 1735 and 1785. During that period he lived and worked in Dordrecht, The Hague and Middelburg and taught pupils in Dordrecht and The Hague. He traveled to England twice and assembled an important collection of paintings.

Between 1765 and 1768, Schouman was employed in the pictorial recording of the animals at Willem V's palace at Het Loo. Over one hundred drawings by him can be found in one of the few surviving complete recueils, the "Vogel Boek" (Bird Book).

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A Red Bergamot in a Landscape

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In the course of his long and successful career, Aert Schouman took a large number of pupils under his wing. One of them here imitated the kind of depictions his teacher made. Schouman’s mastery becomes evident when the two works are compared. The leaves in this unsigned watercolour are somewhat static and stiffly painted, and the colouring of the work as...
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A Red Bergamot in a Landscape (2)

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The bright red watercolour and gouache Aert Schouman used to deftly record this bergamot plant on paper is astonishingly intense. It is also the most striking of all his colours, which were greatly admired in his own time. In the 18th century paints were not yet produced in factories. Artists mixed them by hand following their own, sometimes secret,...
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Four Different Birds on a Branch

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According to the artist’s notes on the back of this drawing, these birds are from Ceylon (present-day Sri Lanka) in South Asia. Schouman most likely made this watercolour on the basis of various stuffed and mounted specimens. This is clear to see from the birds’ stiff poses. c. 1730-1792, Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam
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Head of a Macaw

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1725-1792, Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam
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Red-billed Toucan

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The Dordrecht artist Aert Schouman was no scientist, but he was deeply interested in true-to-life depictions of the bird realm. His keen powers of observation are demonstrated by the way in which this red-billed toucan grasps the branch, namely with two, rather than three toes like other species. The landscape airily painted in transparent shades of green...
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Three birds

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Three birds: a Kingfisher, a Prince von Wied's Toucan and an Organist. Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam
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Turkey and Other Birds near Classical Ruins in...

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Aert Schouman did not paint only exotic birds. In this drawing he chose to depict true Dutch specimens, including the white Muscovy duck, the black tufted hen and the brown turkey. He situated them in appropriate surroundings, a man-made park. In the 18th century, these scenes were very popular as wall paintings in domestic rooms or galleries. This...
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Two Exotic Birds

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The bright orange paint Aert Schouman here used to render the plumage of this Andean cock-of-the-rock jumps off the paper. The artist was already praised for his intense paint colours in the 18th century. Particularly admired were his orange, red and peacock blue. Like many 17th and 18th-century artists, Schouman prepared his paints himself in his...
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