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The Bull

Etching of a large bull in profile, looking toward the viewer, with two additional cows and a milkmaid in the background.
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  • Etching of a large bull in profile, looking toward the viewer, with two additional cows and a milkmaid in the background.

Date:

1650

Artist:

Paulus Potter
Dutch, 1625-1654

About this artwork

Paulus Potter was the preeminent animal artist of the Dutch Republic. His paintings and prints of monumentalized bulls for sophisticated court patrons in particular epitomize the beasts of the Dutch farmland. His slightly caricatured style betrayed a wry and occasionally earthy wit, which he sometimes used for political allegory. By his early death at age 29 he had created his own market niche of animal portraiture, leading the way for 18th-century artists such as George Stubbs, who would paint literal portraits of prized livestock for their proud owners.

Status

Currently Off View

Department

Prints and Drawings

Artist

Paulus Potter

Title

The Bull

Origin

Holland

Date

Made 1650

Medium

Etching on cream laid paper

Dimensions

108 × 147 mm (plate); 115 × 152 mm (sheet)

Credit Line

Elizabeth Hammond Stickney Collection

Reference Number

1887.456

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