Sheep with Two Lambs

ADRIAEN VAN DE VELDE
Date
1670
Description

ADRIAEN VAN DE VELDE
Amsterdam 1636 – 1672 Amsterdam

"Sheep with Two Lambs", 1670

Part of a series of three prints depicting sheep and goats

Etching. 8.1 x 10.6 cm.
Signed and dated in image, lower right: A.V.V.F.1670

LiteratureLe Blanc 14; Nagler 14; Wurzbach 14; Dutuit 14; Bartsch 14; TIB 14; Hollstein 14

Very fine impression, sharply printed with good contrasts and some plate tone, ample margins all around, in very good condition.

Together with Nicolaes Berchem (1622–1683) and Albert Cuyp (1620–1691), Adriaen van de Velde belonged to the most important and prolific animal painters of the seventeenth century. Just like these artists, he tried his hand at etching, producing various series of prints, mostly of little groups of animals standing in a landscape.

Throughout his oeuvre Van de Velde paid great attention to nature, as is poignantly illustrated by this plate of a sheep nursing her newborn lamb, with a second one lying in the thicket in the background. Van der Velde’s technical mastery of the medium of etching resulted in a free, sketchy and very lively image. The present print was originally part of a series of three, including Two Lying Sheep.

Size
3 1/4 x 4 1/4 inches
Exhibitor
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