(1625 - 1654)
Paulus Potter was active/lived in Netherlands. Paulus Potter is known for cattle in landscape painting, bucolic scene.
When Paulus Potter died of tuberculosis before he was thirty years old,
he had already profoundly influenced the way animals are depicted in
European art. Potter created portraits of animals, making them his
picture's focus, not just a backdrop for human action.
son of a painter, his first dated work is from 1640. He entered Delft's Guild
of Saint Luke in 1646 and later moved to The Hague. He is said to have
wandered the Dutch countryside, sketchbook in hand, equally sensitive to
how farm animals behave at different times of day and to light's
vicissitudes from morning to dusk.
Few of his contemporaries were more
attuned to nature's moods or to the timeless harmony of beast,
landscape, and weather. Potter's strong feeling for composition is seen
in the way he grouped forms and used silhouette. His most successful
paintings are small.
His contemporaries recognized Potter's talent. The famous Dr. Nicolas
Tulp, who had spotted the young Rembrandt van Rijn's genius twenty years
earlier, persuaded Potter to move to Amsterdam in 1652, whereupon he
became Potter's mentor. In the 1800s, Potter's life-size The Young Bull was as famous as Rembrandt's Night Watch. Potter's etchings show the same sensitivity as his paintings.