Wouterus Verschuur I (1812-1874) Draft Horse Oil Painting
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Our client's fine oil painting of a draft horse on mahogany panel by the Dutch master, Wouterus Verschuur I (1812-1874), is mounted in a period ogee frame with ebonized banding and gilt lining. Panel measures 9 by 13 inches and the frame measures 19.25 by 23.75 inches. Provenance: Sotheby's.
The artist's career began early at the age of 16 when he exhibited at the Tentoonstelling van Levende Meesters. Shortly thereafter he achieved golden medals at the Felix Meritis in the 1831 and 1832. He became a member of the Koninklijke Academie in Amsterdam in 1832, and in 1839 joined the Arti et Amicitae.
The artist is known for his realistic and romantic portraits of horses as well as other animals and genre scenes. His style was rooted in the Dutch romantic style founded in the 17th century and best represented by the works of Philip Wouwerman (1619-1668), Pieter Gerardus van Os (1776-1839) and Cornelis Steffelaar (1797-1861). Verschuur is known to have copied masterpieces by Wouwerman in fine detail.