Artist Birthdays November 20 – PAULUS POTTER
PAULUS POTTER (November 20, 1625 – January 17, 1654)
- Nationality: Dutch
- Field: Painting
- Art Movement: Realism
- ARTiFact: Though he died of tuberculosis before the age of thirty, he had already profoundly influenced the way animals are depicted in European art; he made them his picture’s focus, not just a backdrop for human action.
- Artist Quote: “Thus we find Paulus Potter painting rutting and excited animals in equally exciting landscapes – in a thunderstorm, in the sunshine, in the melancholy of autumn…” ~Vincent van Gogh in a letter to Emile Bernard
- Notable Artwork (shown below): The Bull, circa 1647.