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arb
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Netherlands
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Posted - Sep 17 2020 :  09:03:40  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Hi all,

This endearing farm interior with a local yokel shearing sheep I bought last week. On an impulse. It is unsigned, the German dealer has no further info. The loving embrace, the innocent sheep's expression and the intimate scenery I find all very moving. This man's stewardship for the animals entrusted to him I know from my youth, my uncles, greatuncles and nephews.

So to my Dutch eye the whole setting and composition could be Dutch were it not for the chap's utterly unfamiliar cap! I've never seen this kind of headdress. Is that some French 'casquette militaire'? German? Belgian?


https://abload.de/img/ss6cdkey.jpg
https://abload.de/img/ss2rcksy.jpg

Adrian
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Germany
292 Posts

Posted - Sep 17 2020 :  11:24:21  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Dear arb, I have nothing useful to add. Just the info that I doubt its a german painting. The cap reminds my on old russian pilotkas or german Schiffchen. But I guess this kind of cap is used in every part of the world.

I like the painting in general, but the painter has ruined it when he tried to paint the sheep shearers hands.

Regards, Ad
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arb
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Netherlands
858 Posts

Posted - Sep 17 2020 :  23:05:25  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Adrian, I thank you. In real life I am feared for being overly particular about hands, so I am well aware of what you mean. It somehow didn’t keep me from buying. My restorer’s blue light says the hands have been added later and there may be better hands underneath. He cleans it anyway, so we’ll see.

Your doubt of it being German is important info, thank you. It cannot be Dutch either. Just because of the cap. It makes him a stranger. Now I am hoping for a comment from our French confrčres.
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Adrian
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Germany
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Posted - Sep 18 2020 :  02:10:10  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Dear arb, if the hands have been added later that would explain a lot. However by comparing your painting with the work of Eugene Verboeckhoven I have found some similarities like here: https://deacademic.com/pictures/dewiki/69/Eugene_Verboeckhoven_Herder_met_dieren_op_het_platteland.JPG (compare the hands)

or the fur structure as in https://beta.lot-tissimo.com/de-de/auction-catalogues/nagelauktionen/catalogue-id-nagel-10002/lot-19b10f29-bbc0-4060-849b-aa010097257b

Regards, ad
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arb
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Netherlands
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Posted - Sep 19 2020 :  02:20:18  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Dear Adrian, that is a very striking similarity indeed! Thanks so much for your research! The restorer luckily hadn't started yet. I fetched it back and under my own blue light the hands do not stand out at all. Very strange. So I will happily study more of Verboeckhoven's work and postpone the cleaning.

Belgian and Dutch art have less in common than one would presume and I have a blind spot as to Belgian painting. But it is time to venture into it now!


Thanks again,

arb
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