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ID number: BIRBI-67.2
Institution: The Barber Institute of Fine Arts
Artist / Maker: Dujardin, Karel (1621/2-1678)
Title / Object name: Pastoral landscape
Object type: Painting
Date made: 1652-53
Materials: Oil on wood
Measurements: 28 x 34 cm unframed; 39.9 x 46.2 x 4cm framed
Provenance: Jacques de Roore, The Hague; W. Lormier sale, 4 July 1763; Marquis de Breteuil sale, Paris, 16 January 1768; P. Fouquet and J. D. Nijman; Van der Pot sale, Rotterdam, 16 June 1808; sale, London, 23 March 1822; Lafontaine Art Sales; M. Zachary sale, Phillips, London, 31 May 1828; Abrahams sale, London, 1831; A.Van der Hoop, Amsterdam; G. H. Morland; Menechet, Paris; James Stuart sale, London, 1850; H. Munro, London, 1854; Prince P. Demidoff sale, Florence, March 1880; Agnew's 1966
Two boys relax in the evening sun, the animals in their care arranged informally in the landscape. Dujardin painted numerous scenes of animals and herders travelling and resting with a sensitive feeling for light. Here, the artist adopts a low viewpoint which leaves us looking up disconcertingly at the beasts and arbitrarily cuts off the figures. As if to emphasise the element of chance, the edge of the painting bisects the tree to the right, whilst another to the left, which might have framed the figures, is reduced to a stump.
Inscriptions / Translations: Signed l.c.: K. DU. JARDIN
Notes: Exhibited: British Institution, London, 1824, no. 85.
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