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Title Old Cottages
Collection Atkinson Art Gallery, Southport
Artist Troyon, Constant (French painter, 1810-1865)
Date Earliest about 1847
Date Latest 1865
Signed yes
Description Troyon painted pastoral scenes and in particular images of cattle and sheep in the landscape. His first appearance at the Salon was in 1833. In 1847 he visited the Netherlands and Belgium and discovered the work of the painters Paulus Potter and Aelbert Cuyp. He then devoted himself to the painting of animals, especially farm animals and labourers. The Southport work is clearly from this later period, with no trace of the early classicising elements, which he often included in his compositions to meet the academic requirements of the landscape genre. 'His more exploratory paintings were executed on the coast of Normandy during his last years. These paintings reveal that he was looking closely at variations of light with characteristically loose brushwork which was expressing a sensitivity not far removed from that of the precursors of Impressionism.'
Current Accession Number 1955.1107
Inscription front ll 'C Troyon'
Subject buildings and gardens (cottages)
Measurements 58 x 76 cm (estimate)
Material oil on panel
Acquisition Details Given by Mrs D. A. Hobart 1955.
Notes Quote taken from: A. Daguerre de Hureaux, 'Troyon, Constant', Grove Art Online, Oxford University Press, 2 March 2006, http://www.groveart.com/.
Rights Owner Atkinson Art Gallery, Southport, Sefton M.B.C. Leisure Services
Author Lisa Howard



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