Jan Baptiste Kobell

Dutch, Delfshaven 1778- 1814 Amsterdam

“Head of cattle”
Unsigned, 19th century frame
Oil on canvas
15 1/4 H by 18 1/2 L inches
19 3/4 by 23 L inches
The portrait of an animal, and not the simple representation of a traditional scene, reveals a special love for nature, for the everyday beauty of the known, as well as a unique attachment to the earth. The warm glow of the animal’s fur invites us to pet it; the low horizon of the landscape, to cross it on a warm summer afternoon, surrounded by the fresh smell of freshly cut grass.