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French Antique Barbizon Landscape Painting of Cattle by Emile van Marcke



A large and very fine pastoral landscape painting of five cows at the watering hole in an open field before a group of trees, the work feels very immediate with the two nearest cows and the calf looking up at the viewer and watching any onlooker warily. From our perspective we can very literally feel the moment experienced in situ by Marcke in working up the scene. Typical of his work, it is intricately detailed with a vivid use of a high-chroma overall palette with a vigorous and excited brushwork throughout; the composition of the scene and placement of the cows is carefully balanced for effect. The work is housed in an early carved giltwood frame of very good overall quality. Market results: June, 2011, Sotheby's, $15,000 - "CATTLE IN A FIELD" April, 2005, Christie's, $12,000 - "CATTLE IN A MEADOW" March, 2004, Christie's, $10,864 - "CATTLE AT THE RIVER" October, 2002, Christie's, $14,340 - "THE APPROACHING STORM" October, 1992, Christie's, $11,000 - "PEASANT TENDING HIS ANIMALS BY THE SEA" Artist Listings & Bibliography: E. Benezit Dictionary of Artists, Vol. IX, Gründ, 2006, p. 238 Measurements: 32 1/4" H x 42 3/4" W x 3 3/8" D [frame]; 23" H x 33 1/2" W [canvas] Condition Report: Professionally cleaned and conserved. Original stretchers and keys; linen wax lined with a coarse linen with wrapped edges; light abrasions around extreme edges from frame rubbing have been touched up, otherwise apparently free of inpainting; under UV examination shows heavy flaring from the recently applied Damar varnish. Good early frame with some losses to carved motif throughout, some areas of regilding and touchups. A very fine presentation, ready to place.


  • Creator
    Émile van Marcke 1 (Artist)
  • Dimensions
    Height: 32.25 in. (81.92 cm)Width: 42.75 in. (108.59 cm)Depth: 3.38 in. (8.59 cm)
  • Style
    Barbizon School (Of the Period)
  • Materials and Techniques
  • Place of Origin
  • Period
  • Date of Manufacture
  • Condition
    Wear consistent with age and use. Minor losses. See condition notes in description text.
  • Seller Location
    Shippensburg, PA
  • Reference Number
    Seller: 103PKP25W1stDibs: LU1059025134302

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