Grazing Cow, Jacob Cats (1741-1799), 1783

Grazing Cow, Jacob Cats (1741-1799), 1783

brush, h 126mm × w 157mm More details

Jacob Cats greatly admired 17th-century cattle painters, such as Paulus Potter and Adriaen van de Velde. In this drawing he closely imitated his predecessors in this genre and observed the heavy, fleshy cow from a low vantage point. When making the black chalk study from which this finished watercolour was later derived, the artist probably sat in the grass, with a good view of the animal’s solid belly and udders.

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