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$ 4,850

19th C, Romanticism, Genre Painting, Pieter Plas, Sheepstable, Signed

Origin Netherlands
Period 19th Century
Materials Oil on canvas
W. 28.74 in; H. 23.23 in;
W. 73 cm; H. 59 cm;
Condition Good.
Creation Date 1849
Description Pieter Plas placed himself with this pastoral scene in the tradition of the 17th-century painters and draughtsmen such as Nicolaes Pietersz Berchem, Karel du Jardin, Marcus de Bye and Paulus Potter. Nevertheless, the work carries the typical ideals of Romanticism. The Romantics wanted to return to nature they idealized. They believed in a connection between the individual and nature. The harmony between the shepherdess and her flock of sheep is part of this story. This line of thought must be placed against the background of the advancing industrialization that began to put pressure on the traditional rural society. Plas lets the light subtly enter the barn through a doorway. The rays of the sun that illuminate the sheep -in a slightly diagonal line – add depth and vibrancy to the scene.

The farmer's wife carries a bucket of milk. In the region of Alkmaar and Texel, milk of sheep was used to make cheese. Naturally, these animals also provided raw wool material. Hay is stored on the wooden beams of the stable. It was supplementary food for the sheep. Pieter Plas(1810-1853 came from a well-known Alkmaar artist family. His father and the first teacher was the carriage- and landscape painter Louwerencius Plas (1776-1847). The painter himself was also a carriage painter until the age of 24. After two years in Hilversum with Willem Bodeman and with the animal painter Jan van Ravenswaay, he specialized in painting landscapes with cattle. The flat North Dutch landscape was often his source of inspiration. Pieter Plas had several pupils and was director of the Drawing Company 'Kunst zij ons doel' in Alkmaar. Museum Willet-Holthuysen in Amsterdam and the Teylers Museum in Haarlem expose some of his works. Plas signs with a long 's' at the end of his name.
Styles / Movements Realism
Dealer Reference Number 286
Incollect Reference Number 466807
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