Albertus Verhoesen (Dutch, 1806-1881)
CHICKS WITH THEIR HEN
Oil on board, 5" x 6 1/2"
The depiction of farmyard animals has a long tradition in European art, especially in the works of Flemish and Dutch painters. As the Industrial Revolution took hold in Europe, many more people began moving to cities but found they missed the tranquil country life. Longing for reminders of the countryside in their homes, animal and farmyard paintings underwent an explosion in popularity in the 19th century. Verhoesen found himself in demand and became one of the leading painters of this genre in his time. Today his work can be found in museums throughout the Netherlands.