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No title. (Cattle study.)
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prints, etchings, works on paper
circa 1798
Plate: 174mm (width), 127mm (height), Support: 212mm (width), 164mm (height)

Pieter Gerardus van Os (1776 -1839) was a Dutch painter and engraver and a member of the renowned Van Os family of artists.

Van Os was born in The Hague, the son of Jan van Os. He studied with both his father and at the Tekenacademie in The Hague from 1794 to 1795. During this period he copied paintings from the works by Paulus Potter and Charles Dujardin. Van Os was particularly fond of animals as his subject matter and made such an excellent copy of one of Potter's works, Young Bull (c. 1798) that it was purchased by William V, Prince of Orange.

After completing his training, he departed for Amsterdam where he supported himself primarily by painting rather mediocre portrait miniatures and giving drawing lessons. Around 1805 he began to devote himself to producing landscape paintings filled with his favourite subject of cattle and was still strongly influenced by the 17th-century Dutch masters. In 1808, his Hilly Landscape with Cattle won the prize provided by King Louis Bonaparte for the 'best landscape' at the first public exhibition of Dutch contemporary art in Amsterdam.

In 1813-14, he trained as a captain in the military, which led him to depict military subjects in his art. Emperor Alexander I of Russia purchased a military style picture by him and placed it in his palace at St. Petersburg. His son Pieter Frederik van Os (1808 -1892) became a painter and teacher who taught Anton Mauve among others. Van Os died in The Hague in 1839.

Te Papa currently has six etchings by Van Os, presented to the Colonial Museum by Bishop Ditlev Monrad in 1869. All of them reflect Van Os's fondness for animals as subject matter; in particular cattle. This etching depicts a steer standing in a paddock, with his open mouth facing right, as if looking quizzically at the viewer. In the distance, two more cattle are seen, before some low rolling hills.

Wikipedia, 'Pieter van Os',

Dr Mark Stocker Curator, Historical International Art March 2019

Collection: Art
Gift of Bishop Monrad, 1869
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Romantic;Animals;Beef cattle;Cattle
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