Artist Birthdays November 20 – PAULUS POTTER

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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.

Paulus Potter. The Bull, ca 1647.

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